Marijuana in New York: Arrests, Usage, and Related Data

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November 5, 2009
Jon Gettman
The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform

This report on New York's marijuana arrests is part of a larger examination of national, state, county, and local level data on marijuana arrests in the US. The report finds that despite a slight decline in reported marijuana use, the nation’s marijuana arrests have steadily increased by 2.93% per year. Importantly, New York’s marijuana arrests have increased by 8.28% per year, ranking New York second in the nation for marijuana arrests. This paper examines marijuana arrests’ effects on the NY budget, crime, young people and people of color. The report concludes that drug treatment programs should be used similarly to alcohol treatment programs as a means to deal with marijuana problems as an illness instead of a means to deal with marijuana as a criminal justice issue.

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