NYPD officials acknowledged a “troubling” racial gap in people they’re arresting for marijuana — but defended their enforcement efforts, saying they’re responding to residents complaining about people smoking pot.
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62% of New York Voters Want Legal Marijuana, Poll Shows
The majority of registered voters in New York State are in favor of legal recreational marijuana for adults, according to an Emerson College public opinion survey.
Advocates Challenge de Blasio to Stop Running from His Record and to Address Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests
NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Mayor de Blasio’s office published a statement disputing the findings of the Drug Policy Alliance report, “Unjust and Unconstitutional: 60,000 Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s New York.”
DC Arrests for Public Use of Marijuana Nearly Tripled Last Year
Arrests for the public use of marijuana in the District nearly tripled in 2016 and are on track to remain high in 2017, public records show.
Governor Cuomo to Propose Clarifications to NY State Law Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession
ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced his renewed commitment to decriminalizing marijuana possession in his State of the State Book, which outlines his agenda for the 2017 Legislative Session.
Cannabis Market Torn Down in Copenhagen’s Christiania
On Sept. 2, 2016, residents of Christiania, a Danish free town in Copenhagen, started tearing down stalls selling cannabis on the town’s main street.
Tampa City Council Votes to Lessen Marijuana Penalties
In Florida, the Tampa City Council has given preliminary approval to a measure that would lessen the penalty for possessing marijuana.
NFL Player Fired Over Marijuana Arrest
According to ESPN, NFL linebacker Jonathan Newsome has been released from his contract with the Indianapolis Colts due to a marijuana-related arrest.
Boise Marijuana Protest Ends in Citation
On New Year’s Day, a small group of protestors staged a demonstration on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol building in Boise, ending in one citation. Leading the protest was Serra Frank, founder of the advocacy group Moms for Marijuana International.
Adorable Drug Lord Turns Out to be Daughter of Prominent DEA Agent
What makes this arrest newsworthy is that the woman, Sarah Furay, is the daughter of Bill Furay, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Beaumont, Texas.
Weekly CannaBit: Total Arrests for Drug Possession
Weekly CannaBit for the week of Oct. 6, 2015: Over the past 20 years, the number of arrests for drug possession has increased 17% from 1.1 million in 1995 to 1.3 million in 2014.
FBI Reports Marijuana Busts Increased in 2014 for First Time Since 2009
According to statistics included in the just-released Uniform Crime Report compiled by the FBI about all crimes in the United States, there were 700,993 marijuana-related arrests made last year, up from 693,058 in 2013.
Marijuana Use as Scapegoat in Case of Sandra Bland
Over the last several years, our nation has been wracked with stories of racial discrimination. From Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner, it seems as if the United States cannot go more than a few months without a tragedy evoking racial tension.