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The Racist Pot Prosecutions That Even Prosecutors Acknowledge Are Ridiculous
Mayor de Blasio pledged to end marijuana busts, but they continue. They’re a waste of time, but more than that, a disgrace. They must end.
07.17.17 1:00 AM ET
As a public defender, I’ve grown all too accustomed to hearing promises of progressive criminal justice reform from mayors and district attorneys, only to witness the startlingly different realities in court.
I was disheartened, but not at all surprised, to read the new report by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and Marijuana Arrest Research Project highlighting the shameful degree of racial disparity in NYPD marijuana arrests during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first three years in office.
Between 2014 and 2016, despite the Mayor’s pledges to reform the NYPD, reduce inequality, and end marijuana arrests for the good of the city and its marginalized communities, there were over 60,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession, 86% of which involved black and Latino individuals. Although government surveys show that white people use marijuana at equal or higher rates, in 2016, the NYPD arrested more black people for marijuana use in Manhattan alone than whites in all five boroughs, combined. And remember: Most Americans support full legalization of marijuana. No arrests, no fines, nothing.:::http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-racist-pot-prosecutions-that-even-prosecutors-acknowledge-are-ridiculous