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  •  NYC INSISTS on blowing as much time (34+ / 0-)

    and money as possible on marijuana failure enforcement.

    In the past 11 years, the NYPD spent more than one million hours making more than 400,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession, a new report has found. The report raises questions about the use of police resources, which could likely be better spent addressing serious crimes in the high-crime neighborhoods where many marijuana arrests occur.

    Harry Levine, a professor of sociology at Queens College and an expert on marijuana arrests, compiled the report at the request of members of the New York City Council and the New York State legislature. He used past research which found that a single police officer spends a minimum of 2-3 hours -- and upward of 4-5 hours in some cases -- on each of the hundreds of thousands of marijuana arrests conducted annually by the NYPD.

    Multiplying a "very low and conservative estimate” of 2.5 hours by the number of marijuana arrests from 2002 through 2012 (439,056), the report calculated 1,097,640 NYPD hours spent on marijuana arrests. Levine noted that this is "the equivalent of having 31 police officers working eight hours a day, 365 days a year, for 11 years, making only marijuana possession arrests.” The figure does not include time spent looking for suspects, nor time spent by supervising officer, corrections, court, and prosecutor staff.

    the priorities of people with IQs below 78.

    And guns and badges.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:42:00 AM PDT

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    •  Low level marijuana arrests means less than an oz (19+ / 0-)

      So NYC is spending at least $1600/oz to confiscate weed off the street. That must be some damn good weed. They'd probably make a bigger dent in the amount of pot smoking if they simply bought up all the marijuana they could find and incinerated it.

      Cop: you got any weed on you, Joe?
      Joe: uh, well, yeah... some...
      Cop: how much?
      Joe: about an ounce...
      Cop: What did you pay for it?
      Joe: $75.
      Cop: I'll give you a hundred for it.
      Joe: Really? Cool! Here you go!
      later
      Pusher: Sorry, Joe, I'm all out. Damn cops are buying up all the product. I might have more on Tuesday...
      Joe: Awww, maaaannnn!
      later
      Joe spends his little windfall on a burger and fries, two cups of designer coffee, new socks, sees a movie, treats a couple of his friends to a beer in the local bar, buys some groceries and does his laundry.

      Multiply Joe by 40,000 per year, and neighborhood businesses have to hire more people, employment goes up, tax revenue goes up, cops have a lot more time to work on serious crime, so the neighborhood is safer. Tourists and locals find safer neighborhoods to be more attractive and spend more time (and money) out and about, and newspapers run stories on the New New York Renaissance.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:40:05 AM PDT

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    •  NYC marijuana policy changed this month (4+ / 0-)
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      coquiero, Lujane, sethtriggs, Ginny in CO

      They will book you and send you home with a summons to appear at a future court date. They will no longer make you stay in jail overnight for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

      It's a small step, for sure, but a small step in the right direction.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:09:36 AM PDT

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