Lots of Greenies in NYC, and, sadly, I bet most of them are already aware of this information. The New York State Legislature exempted people convicted of low-level marijuana possession from having to submit DNA to the state database, unless they have been convicted of a previous crime. Theoretically New York State, where NYC is located, is decriminalized. [There’s a bit on “decrim” here] Under the 1977 so-called decrim law, possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana is a “violation,” subject to a $100 fine for the first offense. But possession of any amount that is in public view is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.
In this decrim state, data show that the New York Police Department arrested more than 50,000 people last year for low-level possession, with about 30 percent having no prior arrest record. More than 11,700 of those arrested were 16- to 19-year-olds; nearly half had never been arrested before and 94 percent had no prior convictions. So much for decrim. [M]any of those stopped by city police were arrested after officers told them to empty their pockets, which brought the small amount of drugs into view. Remember the distinction mentioned in the first paragraph. “Public view” ups the ante.
Marijuana arrests declined after passage of the 1977 law, but that changed in the 1990s. Between 1997 and 2010, the city arrested 525,000 people for low-level, public-view possession, according to a legislative finding. Now, I don’t live in NYC, but I am certain that some of the years 1997 – 2012 were Mayor Bloomberg’s time, and isn’t he the man who admitted enjoying cannabis?
Wiki offers this:
Bloomberg supports the strict drug laws of New York City. He has stated that he smoked marijuana in the past, and was quoted in a 2001 interview as saying “You bet I did. I enjoyed it.” This led to a reported $500,000 advertising campaign by NORML, featuring his image and the quote. Bloomberg stated in a 2002 interview that he regrets the remark and does not believe that marijuana should be decriminalized.
For more on this sad tale visit The NY Times.
[image: google images NYPD]
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