New Yorkers Are Systematically Screwed By “Public View” Marijuana Law. These Are Their Stories (Part Six)


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.