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Marijuana Arrests In New York City Are Down 40% Compared To Last Year

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

new york policy department nypd marijuanaIn 2014, New York City gave officers the discretion to issue those caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana a summons to appear, rather than arrest them. Officers can still arrest people if they are in possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana in New York City ”if the marijuana is burning, if the type of possession indicates intent to sell, if the individual has an outstanding warrant, or if the individual is in a location with special consideration, like a school.” When you compare the year-to-date marijuana arrest statistics to those from the same time last year, marijuana arrests are down significantly in New York City. Per the New York Post:

Police cuffed 18,120 stoners through Oct. 20 — a 40 percent plummet from the 29,906 pot busts in the same period last year, state Division of Criminal Justice records show.

At the same time, tickets for pot violations have surged. Cops handed out 13,081 low-level pot summonses through the end of September — and are on pace for more than 16,000 tickets. The NYPD issued 13,378 pot tickets for all of last year, and 13,316 tickets in 2013, records show.

There is some good news and bad news with these statistics. The obvious good news is that overall arrests are down. However, there are still some racial disparities in enforcement that is currently occurring. The last statistics that I saw showed that over 88% of marijuana arrests in New York City this year involved Black or Hispanic subjects. That’s actually an increase from 2014, when that number was 86.65%. Only full legalization will get rid of those disparities, which is why people in New York should keep fighting for it. There’s still a lot of work to be done!

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-arrests-in-new-york-city-are-down-40-compared-to-last-year/


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Multi-tasking at its finest.

Category: Tokers | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder


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Marijuana Arrests In Washington D.C. Are Almost Non-Existent In 2015

Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

asset forfeiture marijuana arrestIt wasn’t that long ago that thousands of people were arrested for marijuana annually in Washington D.C.. 2,346 people were arrested for marijuana in Washington D.C. in 2011. Washington D.C. voters approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. As a result, marijuana arrests in D.C. are down. Way down. As of November 6th (the most current data available), there have only been 7 arrests for marijuana in D.C.. Per the Washington City Paper:

Last week, on Nov. 4, the District marked the first anniversary of the passage ofInitiative 71, a ballot measure that effectively legalized weed, at least in the form of possessing, growing, and using (but not selling) tiny amounts of it in one’s home.

In that line, data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department shows that marijuana arrests have dropped to historic lows. MPD has only issued seven arrests for possession of marijuana this year, as of Nov. 6—down 99.2 percent from 2014’s 895 total arrests. Even last year, though, police arrested just seven people from Jul. 7 to Dec. 31, likely an indication of a change in MPD strategy afterdecriminalization first took effect. Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of MPD arrests for pot possession from 2010 through last week:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-arrests-in-washington-d-c-are-almost-non-existent-in-2015/


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Key & Peele - Let Me Hit That

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder


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Does High-Potency Marijuana Do More Damage To The Brain?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

There’s been a long and heated debate about whether marijuana actually triggers long-term changes in a person, both neurologically and psychologically. Some research has found that pot is linked to psychotic symptoms, and it’s certainly been linked to schizophrenia across multiple studies. However, it’s a bit of a chicken-or-egg problem, since it can be difficult to tell which is the pre-existing “condition,” the pot smoking or the psychological/psychotic symptoms. Now, a new study from King’s College London finds that smoking skunk, a high-potency variety of pot, is linked to changes in the white matter connections between the two hemispheres of the brain. And this seems to be true whether a smoker experiences psychosis or not.

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/11/28/does-high-potency-marijuana-damage-the-brain/


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