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New York City Marijuana Arrests

Critics Say Bratton's Marijuana Remarks Are Dangerous 'Reefer Madness' Propaganda

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

A statement from New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton blaming marijuana for a spike in the city’s murder rate is a classic piece of “...

Christopher Mathias

Ending New York City's Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Doesn't Fix The Problem | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to arrest fewer people for marijuana possession drew cautious optimism from elected officials and advocates on Mo...

Saki Knafo

NYPD Still Arresting Large Number Of Minorities For Minor Marijuana Offenses, Despite Promises | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

As a candidate for New York City mayor last year, Bill de Blasio promised to end marijuana arrests, noting that they have “disastrous consequences f...

Video Shows Cop Hitting Teen In The Face With His Gun

| Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices

By Murray Weiss BROOKLYN — Two NYPD officers are under criminal investigation after punching and bashing a 16-year-old suspect in the face with a...

Christopher Mathias

New York Could Decriminalize Pot For More Than Just White People | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A comprehensive new bill would ensure that marijuana in New York state is decriminalized not only for white people, but for all people, a ...

Matt Sledge

NYPD Watchdog Gets His To-Do List | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure started his job last week. He already has a big pile of homework. On Monday, a coalition of groups t...

Christopher Mathias

NYC Still Making Thousands Of Pot Arrests, And One Lawmaker Has Had Enough | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

A congressman is putting pressure on the New York Police Department to curb the number of low-level marijuana arrests in the city. At a press conferen...

Christopher Mathias

NYC Police Making Fewer Marijuana Arrests, But There's Still A Huge Problem | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

For the second year in a row, the number of marijuana arrests in New York City has plummeted, but critics argue too many New Yorkers are still being b...

Christopher Mathias

Brooklyn Is Decriminalizing Marijuana | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn's new district attorney has reiterated his vow not to prosecute low-level marijuana arrests. "I not only want to keep Brookly...

Albany Leaders -- What About Black New Yorkers?

Rashad Robinson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

The targeting of Blacks and Latinos through biased law enforcement practices has split our state in half -- where the New York you live in depends on factors such as race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status

Bloomberg: Medical Marijuana 'One Of The Greatest Hoaxes Of All Time'

Posted 06.01.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks arguments for legalizing medical marijuana are half-baked. "Medical, my foot," Bloomberg-- who has admitted to enjo...

NYPD Made 400,000 Stops Of Innocent Blacks, Latinos In 2012

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.23.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A new analysis of the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice found that it resulted 400,000 stops of innocent black and...

Pot Arrests Drop In NYC

Posted 05.14.2013 | New York

Efforts to decriminalize marijuana in New York City-- the pot arrest capital of the world-- seem to be paying off. The New York Post parsed data f...

PHOTO: Massive Marijuana Bust In NYC

Posted 04.03.2013 | New York

Authorities busted a massive marijuana farm in Queens Tuesday. Some 1,000 pot plants were discovered inside the 44th Road warehouse in Long Island Cit...

Bloomberg: I Oppose Legalizing Weed

AP | Posted 02.15.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes legalizing marijuana – or any other illicit drug. Bloomberg discussed the issue on his week...

Bloomberg Makes Big Marijuana Announcement

Posted 02.15.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that those arrested in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana will no longer have to spend...

Record Number Of Arrests During Bloomberg Era

| Posted 12.21.2012 | New York

By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo Columnist / Criminal Justice Editor NEW YORK CITY — Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg heralding a record-low number of inm...

New York City's Massive Marijuana Arrests

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Nearly 90% of all those arrested for possession of marijuana are Black and Latino. Whites comprise 35% of NYC's population, but make up less than 10% of all those arrested for possession of marijuana