Legalize and tax marijuana to truly end the disproportionate arrests of black and Latino New Yorkers

Research shows that many of the people arrested over the past 20 years for marijuana possession were not smoking in public, but simply had a small amount in their pocket, purse, or bag — a legal violation, not a criminal offense. These people were either subject to an illegal search by police or given a directive by an officer to empty their pockets or open their bags. The discovery of marijuana by police then resulted in their arrest for possession in “public view.”

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