NYPD Commissioner Links Marijuana Prohibition to Increased Shootings

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton gave a press conference yesterday on the rising number of shootings in New York City. Shootings in NYC increased 17 percent this year over the same time period in 2014.

So to what should we attribute the increase? According to Bratton and Robert Boyce, chief of detectives, the culprit is failed marijuana prohibition.

“In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything that we had to deal with an 80s and 90s with heroin and cocaine,” said Bratton. “We just see marijuana everywhere when we make these arrests, when we get these guns off the streets.”

I’m not sure if Bratton intended to make the point that marijuana prohibition leads to violence, but that is what he is saying. It is obvious that the marijuana plant and its use by itself is not leading to the killings. It is the fact that marijuana is illegal and control over the illicit market is what leads to violence over the profit of this plant.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.