Minor marijuana related arrests in New York City are down dramatically
in recent years, and experts are attributing the drop to new policing
tactics. But despite the drop, critics say that not enough has been done.
According to data provided by the Division of Criminal Justice Services,
arrests for low level marijuana related crimes were down 34% in the first
quarter of 2013, and dropped another 9% in the first quarter of 2014,
to roughly 7,000. William Bratton, the Police Commissioner for the city,
said that he expects the downward trend in
marijuana arrests to continue, while the office of Manhattan District Attorney,
Cyrus R. Vance Jr., says that police and prosecutors are working together
to devise "uniform, better, and fairer" ways to handle marijuana
Those opposed to the way New York City handles marijuana related cases
say that the arrests continue to be racially disproportionate, and though
the statistics are going in the right direction, abuses are still rampant.
They note that, since 1977
possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana has been a non-criminal violation in
the city, but that arrests went from an average of approximately 2,100
per year in 1978 to 1995, to over 36,000 per year in 1996 to 2011.
This, coupled with the fact that the vast majority of marijuana arrests
coincided with the city's implementation of its controversial "stop
and frisk" program - which resulted in over 75% of marijuana arrest
subjects being Black or Hispanic - has caused local activists to call
for more to be done.
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