09/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pot Arrests An Epidemic In New York

New York -- There are two things that need to be understood about marijuana arrests in New York City.

First, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is not a crime in New York State. Since 1977 and passage of the Marijuana Reform Act, state law has made simple possession of less than seventh-eights of an ounce of pot a violation, like a traffic violation.

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