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

Levine, Harry G. and Loren Siegel - Marijuana Arrest Research Project

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.

Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance
Mass Criminalization
Drug Law Convictions and Punishments
Race and the Drug War
Reducing the Harms of Marijuana Prohibition
DPA Publication
New York