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NYPD Still Strictly Enforcing Marijuana Laws Despite de Blasio Pledge

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 08:04 AM

The pace of marijuana arrests in New York City is unchanged under Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York Times reported. As a candidate he said he was not in favor of enforcing laws against public possession of small amounts of marijuana. He said applying misdemeanor offenses to minor violations fell disproportionately on African-American and Hispanic males leading to "disastrous consequences."

As mayor, de Blasio has not fulfilled his promise to rein in the practice, according to the Times. City Hall says there has been a slight decrease in marijuana arrests. A report by the Drug Policy Alliance says otherwise. Over a six-month period arrests have actually been up compared to the same period under the previous Bloomberg administration.

The consequences for a black bus driver named Anthony are illustrative. He was a passenger in a car pulled over by police in which a minuscule residue of marijuana was found in a weed pipe in the center console. He has been suspended from his job, his life has been put on hold while waiting for his day in court, and he's lost thousands of dollars in wages, the Times reported.

The charge against Anthony was raised from a minor violation to a misdemeanor because police said the pipe was "in a public place open to public view." Some 75 percent of people charged with "openly displaying" marijuana have never been convicted of a crime; well over 80 percent are black or Latino, the alliance report said, according to the Times.

Anthony's employer told him he could get his job back if he is found innocent. The car's driver plea-bargained to a traffic violation. As a passenger that option isn't available to Anthony. The D.A. offered to dismiss the charges if he is not arrested for 90 days. The case has been adjourned leaving him in limbo.

"I've worked all my life," he said. "This is hard to get used to," the Times reported.

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The pace of marijuana arrests in New York City is unchanged under Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York Times reported. As a candidate he said he was not in favor of enforcing laws against public possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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