Marijuana arrests provide a relatively safe, easy way for the NYPD:
- To collect fingerprints, mug shots, names, addresses, telephone numbers, and DNA profiles from residents of the New York City Metropolitan Area.
- To demonstrate that the NYPD is being productive.
- To provide overtime pay to police officers.
Many people believe marijuana possession should be legalized in New York for medical use, and for responsible personal use. Until that happens, possessing marijuana remains a crime.
As a marijuana lawyer in New York City, I’ve represented many people accused of possessing or selling pot.
See H.G. Levine & D.P. Small, “Marijuana Arrest Crusade: Racial Bias and Police Policy in New York City, 1997-2007”, for a detailed discussion of NYPD marijuana arrests.
For example, go to http://norml.org/