$75 Million a Year: The Cost of New York City's Marijuana Possession Arrests

March 15, 2011
Levine, Harry G. and Loren Siegel - Marijuana Arrest Research Project
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Marijuana possession was decriminalized in New York in 1977. Yet since the 1990s, the New York Police Department's "marijuana arrest crusade" has led to the arrest of nearly 550,000 people for small amounts of marijuana.