Report: Over 90% of those Arrested for Cannabis in New York City are Minorities

cuffsMinorities account for more than 90% of all arrests made for the possession and distribution of cannabis in New York City between January and March of this year, according to data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services; the data was obtained by the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP).

According to the data, arrests for “small amounts” of cannabis were up 33.7% this year, compared to the same time-frame in 2015. This is despite the fact that Mayor de Blasio has called on police to no longer make arrests for those caught possession small amounts of cannabis, given they aren’t consuming in public and aren’t selling.

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