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.

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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.

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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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