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Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito: Championing Policies to End Unlawful Marijuana Arrests in NY

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Published on Jun 7, 2012

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Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito (East Harlem/Bronx) is the sponsor of NYC Council Resolution 986 that supports bi-partisan legislation in Albany, NY to put an end to tens of thousands of illegal, racially biased, and costly marijuana arrests in New York. Although private possession of marijuana was decriminalized in New York in 1977, New York is currently the Marijuana Arrests Capital of the World. Police make these arrests by exploiting a "loophole" in the law. Oftentimes, the police demand that people -- usually young people of color -- empty their pockets, and when they do, the violation for marijuana possession turns into an arrestable misdemeanor for marijuana in public view.

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