Group Says Pot Busts In NYC Were 15 Percent Of All 2010 Arrests

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Drug Policy Alliance, a group dedicated to reforming drug laws and wiping out the war on drugs and the Rockefeller Drug Laws in New York – says figures released show the New York City Police Department arrested 50,383 people in 2010 for low-level marijuana offenses.

The DPA says the massive number of pot arrests make the Big Apple the “Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World.”

The reform group goes on to say the high arrest figures do not reflect a growth in the use of marijuana. Rather, they suggest it is because making the arrests is a priority for the NYPD.

So far, no comment on the report from the NYPD.

There’s certainly been no shortage of marijuana busts in the city lately – some high profile, some less so.

What do you think? Should marijuana laws be reformed? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Flora

    What happens if marihauna was legalized? Would the Unites States find itself out of the red and in to the “green”?

  • smokersodysseycom

    We will always have space cadets!

  • Karen Marsh

    i prefer my hookah

  • smokersodysseycom

    All you freaking space cadets don’t harm anybody, uh. Oh, you’re so zone out in Star Trek or Star Wars zone, you aren’t aware of what’s going on around you. So we have to deal with stoners behind the wheel of transit buses, 18 wheelers, subways, LIIR trains, and operators on heavy equipment. That is so way out dudes, it be farm out, yo. Time to take a reality check ya dumb arse mofoes!

    • G. Bush

      I would much rather have a stoner drive me around than a person consuming alcohol, many tests have shown cannabis is less impairing!

      • pugphan`

        Divo, they’re both just as bad. If it has medicinal benefits, then by all means prescribe to them that need it. Abuse medicine and it will abuse you! Too bad
        we can’t modify our habits, and do things in moderation, but till that day comes
        big brother has to do it for us. I want those drivers to be “Sober!” no booze and
        no cannabis, man.

  • Justice4thepeople

    Let’s see, 50,000 non violent marijuana arrests made in one city, most of which will go to jail and experience things that will turn them into real criminals, and they ask us if weed laws should be reformed? Is that even a question? The bigger question is how much money new York wasted picking these guys up and how much more full prisons will be once they receive 50,000 more people for 5 plus years. How much will taxpayers have to pay to feed these poor people? Then how much will tax payers have to pay when these non violent people file for welfare when they are unable to get a job due to their time served in prison?

    Or we could just legalize it, tax it, and MAKE money from it instead of blowing it on absolutely pointless bust operations that achieve nothing bt ruining some poor kids life. It’s outrageous how Washington can justify this type of abuse. Doesn’t anyone have any sense? We put freaking heroin in medicine and market it to suffering people and they have the nerve to expect us to believe their lies? It’s insulting!

    Some got gold an’ oil an’ diamonds, all we got is Mary Jane
    Legalaize it

    • David Crandall

      I own a house and rent my rooms and I can tell you marijuana is illegal for a good reason. People who do it also do a lot of other crimes like theft, robbery, and muggings in order to get the money they need to by grass. This is also why prostitution is illegal. It brings with it a lot fo peripheral crime.

  • Jillian Galloway

    Marijuana doesn’t cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, or emphysema, and its addictive potential is about on par with coffee. The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana “extremely harmful”.

    The marijuana prohibition empowers the drug dealers and cartels and makes our children LESS safe! We parents have been patient long enough, we must speak up and demand that marijuana be legally sold to adults in gas stations and supermarkets just as beer and wine are today! We need Laws based on Logic! Legalize adult Marijuana sales!!

  • RichirT

    15% of arrests in NYC was for pot smoking. That’s a TOTAL waste of tax payers money. Murderers, People that jump people on the streets,, subways, and buses, break into offices and houses, People that abuse their families, Drunk drivers. Hard core drug abusers, Drug dealers selling hard core illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, acid. Street walkers, Those are what the police should be doing. During prohibition, alcohol abuse grew faster then any other time in history. Children were drinking it. Obviously,they didn’t learn their lesson.

  • Richie

    Are you crazy, bad idea, you’ll have so many people high it will be like missiles being aimed right at you. We need to have a severe punishment for anybody selling, using or having it on their person.
    I am 51 years old and can truly say I have never smoked it. Yeah I was uncool when I was a teenager but I was the smart one. Never used any illegal drugs either. I say once a dummy always a dummy.

    • The Vaporator

      I’ll bet I pay more in income tax than you take home.

      When you start lobbying to make your scotch and beer illegal, we’ll take you seriously. In the meantime, go get drunk, or sniff some glue it’s legal!

  • Trish

    Legalize it and tax it like everything else…

  • Malcolm Kyle

    By its very nature, prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model – the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous and ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved. Thus the allure of this reliable and lucrative industry, with it’s enormous income potential that consistently outweighs the risks associated with the illegal operations that such a trade entails, will remain with us until we are collectively forced to admit the obvious.

    There is therefore an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. Anybody ‘halfway bright’, and who’s not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem, it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand. If you are not capable of understanding this connection then maybe you’re using something far stronger than the rest of us. So put away your pipe, lock yourself away in a small room with some tinned soup and water, and try to crawl back into reality A.S.A.P.

  • Extra Ordinary Larry

    Another hurdle towards decriminalization of marijuana is the overall negative stigma attached with smoking in general. If there was a marijuana drink, I believe people would look more favorably on it.

    The whole issue of smoking is so sad. I recently converted from cigarettes to cigars and it is like a whole new world of tobacco taste has opened up. I have been having an absolute blast exploring the different types of cigars on the market. I only smoke in my home, so there is no danger to those obsessed with second hand smoke.

    We live in a difficult world – we all work very hard – if a simple smoke (whether MJ or cigars) helps take the edge off and makes us happy, then just leave us alone. We may be harming ourselves in some manner, but it is my body and my right to do so.

  • denbee

    I estimate that there are at least 50 million Americans who have experienced marijuana at least once. What if all these people called in sick on 4/20/11? As I watch what the People did in Egypt I wonder what 50 million people calling in sick would play like in the American media? People power will be the only way our head in the sand lawmakers will get the message. Use your vote, email your representitives, call in sick on 4/20/11, attend rallies, defy the law, support all efforts to bring down these insane laws and their infringment on our freedoms. Keep the police out of our homes, medicine cabinets and gardens. Legalize cannabis and return our police to actual crimes that have victims.

    • Extra Ordinary Larry

      Excellent point, denbee. Well said :)

  • Ed D

    This is your country on fascism.

    Any questions?

  • L. Gus

    I would be much more worried about the “meth” the pharmas are handing out to your children like candy. You fools against Cannabis (the safest medicine known to man) have been flipped by the FDA and their addicting/destroying drugs and lies. Cannabis is amazing in every way and should be legalized for Adult usage and controlled. Right now the cannabis trade is unregulated, growing out of control, and causing extreme violence over its trade. The prohibition has failed in every way and cannabis is as easy as a text to a friend and driving down the street. It is on every corner in this nation and many of our friends use it believe it or not. Once legalized, it will not be smoked any longer by the majority of people so stop using that argument, its obscene and makes you sound uneducated. Edibles, vaporization, and countless other options will be available.
    Legalize, Regulate,Tax, and Control

  • liwingnut

    Alright there Johnny…Up against the car and spread em…

  • Bob Marley

    Please pass me a blunt ?

  • smokersodysseycom

    A habit is a habit, when I stopped smoking nicotine, I also stopped smoking pot.
    Those fumes aren’t doing your lungs any good. They really ought synthesize it
    and prescribe it to those who have a real medicinal need for it.

    • Wes Day

      Why synthesize it? It works brilliantly on its own. If you don’t like smoking it, then don’t smoke it. It’s a ridiculous notion to think that the government needs to “protect” us from this plant by punishing us.

      Legalizing Marijuana protects our family, friends, and neighbors from the undue consequences of an at-worse poor life decision. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • Fawn Liebowitz

      you miss the point. it is not about how good or bad it is for you – it is about personal liberties. the government should not have the right to say what i can or cannot put into my own body as long as i am not harming anyone else. end of story.

      • Fawn Liebowitz

        yes, the article is about the percentage of arrests in NYC. but the discussion in the comments has been more about legalization in general.

      • Fawn Liebowitz

        My God, New Yorker 4E!, are you some kind of lunatic? Is the metal plate in your head starting to rust?

        That was my point, you arrogant @$$. What I do IN MY HOME is my business – I was not referring to lighting up outside and blowing it in your face.

      • bill

        Fawn, the article is about people getting arrested for smoking pot OUTSIDE not in their homes. I’m not sure what your point is.

      • New Yorker 4E!

        Government DOES have the right when YOU and every other stinking smoker is clogging and polluting the air that I breath! You have no right when you contribute to the rotten air pollution the city already has! You wanna smoke? Stay in your house, close the door and windows and contaminate , contaminate, contaminate. There’s your right! End of story!!!!

      • Leagalize it!

        New York 4E it is people like you that make our country the way it is today. Honestly if every person like you where gathered up, and shipped to africa…… the United States would be a much better place. Honestly your ignorance and stupidity just drives me insane.

    • The Vaporator

      Amazing. There are still people stupid enough to think that fire is required to enjoy cannabis. Buy a clue moron.

  • Mike Diaz

    I dunno,,,, You never know when a pothead is gonna shoot you and take your money to satisfy his evil and self destructive habit!!!!

    • niklu52

      Yes, your right… I saw that movie also.. Reefer Madness….. people were jumping out of windows and turning crazy!…. That movie was made by our government and it must be true… because people like you have to believe what the government tells you… You are so smart Mike.
      Your kidding right! I hope

  • icheckhereoften

    they took mine and said, ” don’t put the stems and seeds back in there” back when my bud had seeds!

  • MJ

    i can sleep better at night knowing that these dangerous hardened criminals are off the streets GOOD JOB NYPD

  • argyle

    there are also a lot of pot smokers in the NYPD. many times they’ll bust someone, but just take their pot and tell them to beat it. then the cops keep the pot for themselves. i know this sounds like an urban legend or old wives tale, but it is actually true!

  • Johnny Mastorakis

    pot should be left alone, and made legal… morons wasting courts and money

  • j

    No respect for NYPD. Go chase violent criminals. Bunch of low functioning civil servants.

  • Abe Benesch

    Decriminalization and regulation similar to that of alcohol is entirely appropriate and long over due.

    Just about ever study done has shown that marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol. It remains illegal due to it conflicting with the pharmaceutical company’s interests, and it keeps feeding the corrections industry.

    Enough already. Decriminalize it now!

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