Why the California Legislature Shouldn’t Punt on Pot Legalization

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 9:54 am

The big marijuana news this week is that it is unlikely a legalization initiative will get on the 2014 ballot in California. This is not a failure, only a temporary delay because the well-financed coalition decided to wait until 2016 when a Presidential election would produce a better turnout. In light of this decision it [...]

Over Past Decade NYC Spent a Million Police Hours on Marijuana Possession

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 6:53 am

During Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure New York City spent over a million police hours processing misdemeanor marijuana arrests due in large part to the controversial stop and frisk policy that targets minority communities. According to the findings of a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, from 2002 to 2012 roughly 440,000 low-level misdemeanor marijuana [...]

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in NY to Reduce “Public View” Marijuana Penalties

By: Monday May 16, 2011 8:31 am

In the New York State assembly, a bipartisan team of legislators have introduced a bill to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession found in public view. From the Times Union: In a rare show of bipartisanship and upstate-downstate agreement, freshman state Sen. Mark Grisanti is co-sponsoring a bill with Democratic Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to reduce [...]

In NYC 86% of Low-Level Marijuana Arrests are Black or Latino

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 8:12 am

While opposition to marijuana prohibition has risen in recent years; yet under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration New York City has dramatically stepped up its marijuana arrests. The NYPD now spends a huge amount of police time and money arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses. Not surprisingly given the racist ways drug laws have been applied in this [...]

Marijuana Legalization: Demographics is Destiny

By: Friday November 5, 2010 3:38 pm

One of my first observations about the defeat of California’s Proposition 19 was how important turnout demographics were to the final outcome. Now, a poll for the Drug Policy Alliance by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research provides further insight. From the Report: If youth had comprised the same percentage of the electorate on Tuesday as they [...]


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