NEW YORK (AP) — New state data show New York City police arrested more than 50,000 people on low-level marijuana charges last year. That’s despite a drop-off after officers were told not to use tactics that critics decry as tricking people into getting arrested.

State Division of Criminal Justice figures show arrests for the lowest-ranking marijuana misdemeanor rose slightly to 50,700. The Drug Policy Alliance obtained the statistics and provided them to The Associated Press. The alliance opposes the national war on drugs.

In New York, small amounts of marijuana must be openly visible to warrant arrest. But critics say police arrest people after finding the drug in pockets or bags.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly reminded officers of the law in September. He says most arrests result from officers seeing the drug in public.

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Comments (2)
  1. ConservativeChristian says:

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains.
    If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the drug gangs out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.

  2. pfroehlich2004 says:

    If you live in Connecticut and want to end marijuana prohibition in our state, please take a minute to visit

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