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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:27 PM

NY GOP Kills Marijuana Decriminalization Reform


by Phillip Smith, June 19, 2012, 05:43pm

New York decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 1977, but New York City police continue to arrest 50,000 people a year for pot possession after stopping-and-frisking them, then tricking them into emptying their pockets and revealing their baggies of weed, triggering the misdemeanor offense of public possession of marijuana.

In a bid to end that practice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and the Democratically-controlled Assembly moved to reform the decriminalization law by removing the public possession provision with Assembly Bill 7620, but Monday night, Republicans and their Conservative Party allies in the Senate effectively killed it.

The Senate Republicans caved under pressure from Conservative leader Mike Long, who threatened to not allow any Republicans who supported the bill to appear on the Conservative Party line. The Senate then refused to take up the bill. That means the mass arrests, predominantly of young people of color, for what should, under state law, be only a ticketable offense, will continue, costing the state tens of millions of dollars each year.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:31 PM

1. I bet Mike Long


Gets a shit load of money from big alcohol and pharma. How can one asshole do this to so many people. How can he threaten people to vote his way and not get arrested? How is this legal?

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:35 PM

2. Bought and paid for by the Right wing assholes, as usual.


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