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Marijuana Advocates Hold Rally At City Hall

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A man smokes licenced medicinal marijuana.  (file/credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A man smokes licenced medicinal marijuana. (file/credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Demonstrators rallied at City Hall on Saint Patrick’s Day, using the backdrop of the celebrations to push for marijuana advocacy.

The New York State chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, organized the third annual demonstration.

“We’re reminding New York City that there is a safer alternative to pools of vomit in the streets,” said Doug Greene, Legislative Director of Empire State NORML.

“There were over 50,000 arrests last year for low-level marijuana possession, which is a waste of scarce city resources,” Greene told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

“I retired as a lieutenant from the NYPD,” Joanne Naughton told Silverman. “What I did decades ago wasn’t any good, didn’t do any good. It was a waste of time.”

Naughton worked undercover in narcotics, and now spends her time advocating for pot legalization.

“This is a free country,” she said.

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