MARIJUANA IN NYC: TWO FACTS
Fact 1: In NYC marijuana possession has been decriminalized since 1977; one can be given a ticket and fined $100, but no fingerprinting and no jail.
Fact 2: Since 1997 430,000 arrests have been made by the NYPD for possession of small amounts of marijuana; in 2008 alone there were 40,300 such arrests – over 100 a day, every day.
To understand what explains this apparent dichotomy check out an
article by Harry Levine, posted Aug 10 on AlterNet.