Cuomo also believes the success of said sanction would aid in diminishing the large quantities of cannabis arrests and fruitless use of state resources. “It’s not fair, it’s not right. It must end, and it must end now,” Cuomo insists.
The Governor articulated his feelings in a prepared statement regarding the vast amount of cannabis arrests made in his state: “not worth it in dollars, in stigma or in impact. In order to fix the inequity in the law while still recognizing that possession in public is different from possession in one’s home, the Governor will propose legislation that makes ‘open view’ possession of marijuana in amounts of 15 grams or less a violation punishable by a fine.”Cuomo’s statement was music to the ears of activists, reformists and civil libertarians. New York state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, Gabriel Sayegh, shares his thoughts on the matter: “We cannot have the same laws applied differently to different groups of people when the dividing line is race,” and continues to say, “The governor’s proposal is an essential step towards bringing greater fairness and equity to both our drug laws and policing practices in our state. The criminalization of our young people must end — the legislature must now act now to pass the governor’s bill.”
We can only remain optimistic that the New York state legislature will be attentive to the Governor’s proposition. The ‘stop and frisk’ tactics employed by the state’s law enforcement is a travesty of justice and must be terminated. Educate yourselves and others on the injustice that is the war on tokers.
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