New York City Marijuana Arrests Drop, as Do NYPD Stop and Frisks

Efforts to decriminalize marijuana in New York City– the pot arrest capital of the world— seem to be paying off.

The New York Post parsed data from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services to find that arrests for small amounts of weed are on pace to drop 20 percent in 2013.

Marijuana possession in 2013, however, still remained the number one reason for an arrest in New York City.

In 2012, arrests for small amounts of bud dropped 22 percent to 40,661 from 52,220 in 2011.

In NYC, possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana shouldn’t result in arrest unless it’s “burning or in public view.”

The NYPD, however, often asks the hundreds of thousands they stop on the streets each year (87 percent of whom, in 2011, were black or Latino) to empty their pockets. When the marijuana comes out of the pocket, it becomes “in public view,” and they can make an arrest.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.