New Yorkers Are Systematically Screwed By "Public View" Marijuana Law. These Are Their Stories (Part Three)

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Drug Policy Alliance
James Crowder got busted with a small amount of weed in his pocket. He spent a week on Rikers Island, despite marijuana possession being supposedly "decriminalized" in New York for more than 30 years.

In an effort to persuade New York lawmakers to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to decriminalize "public view" marijuana arrests, a drug policy group has started a video campaign to illustrate how people are getting screwed by a loophole in the Marijuana Reform Act, which (supposedly) decriminalized weed in the Empire State in 1979.

As it stands, if you're busted with weed in private, you've committed a violation that's about as serious a crime as a parking ticket. However, if you're caught with weed in public, it's a misdemeanor. The loophole has led to the disproportionate arrests of young minorities (of the roughly 50,000 people arrested each year in New York for low-level marijuana offenses, 87 percent are black or Hispanic).

The Drug Policy Alliance has put together a 15-part series of interviews with people explaining how they were screwed by the "public view" portion of New York's marijuana law. Hear the story of James Crowder below



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