In an effort to persuade New York lawmakers to support Governor
Andrew Cuomo’s push to decriminalize “public view” marijuana arrests, a
drug policy group has started a video campaign to illustrate how people
are getting screwed by a loophole in the Marijuana Reform Act, which
(supposedly) decriminalized weed in the Empire State in 1979.
As it stands, if you’re busted with weed in private, you’ve committed
a violation that’s about as serious a crime as a parking ticket.
However, if you’re caught with weed in public, it’s a misdemeanor. The
loophole has led to the disproportionate arrests of young minorities (of
the roughly 50,000 people arrested each year in New York for low-level
marijuana offenses, 87 percent are black or Hispanic).
The Drug Policy Alliance has put together a 15-part series of
interviews with people explaining how they were screwed by the “public
view” portion of New York’s marijuana law. Hear the story of Andre Warren below.