New York State loves to brag about how progressive and liberal it is (especially New York City). However the way they treat marijuana users begs to differ according to a report put out by the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College.
A Few Highlights of their Findings:
Marijuana possession criminal summonses increased over time and marijuana possession was the most frequent charge in 2019: Although public consumption of alcohol was the most frequently issued criminal summons over the 17-year study period, it declined by 96% during this time (from 106,500 summonses in 2003 to 3,878 in 2019) and was replaced by marijuana possession as the most frequently issued criminal summons in 2019.
In 2019, young people were most likely to be issued a criminal summons: The three youngest age groups (16-17, 18-20, 21-24) received a larger number of criminal summons than any other age group, most frequently for disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.
In 2019, Black people accounted for the largest proportion of the most commonly issued summonses: Marijuana possession (45.5%), violations of transit authority rules such as turnstile jumping (42.6%), disorderly conduct (42.0%), and public consumption of alcohol (41.2%).
It’s time for New Yorkers to stand up and demand the legalization of marijuana once and for all.