At the end of 2011, there were over 50,680 arrests for low-level marijuana offenses. This is once again the number one cause of arrests in NYC. In matter of fact, 2011 was the second highest period for pot arrest in the city. This comes just a couple of months after NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly specifically ordering officers to stop arresting people who bring small quantities of marijuana into open view during a stop.
I guess the police have nothing better to do with their time in the big apple, I mean, there surely isn’t much other crimes going on there? Yeah right. Marijuana possession in New York State has been decriminalized for amounts of 25 grams or less since 1977, as long as it’s not in public view. But the NYPD has definitely disregarded this law, and the department’s stop-and-frisk policy has been instrumental in driving up the numbers of pot possession arrests.
In the last decade, the NYPD has made 400,038 lowest level marijuana possession arrests at a cost of $600 million dollars, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.