By / September 19, 2019

New York to changes its position on marijuana legalization

Starting this week, the New York Police Department (NYPD) stops arresting residents for possession of 25 grams or less of cannabis. The Mayor of New York, Bill DeBlazzio, and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly held a conference regarding marijuana legalization.

There are three reasons for the new relaxed rules

Until recently, NYPD detained about 30,000 cannabis owners annually. Often the reason for the arrest was a smoking pipe with cannabis resin or an unsmoked cigarette with weed. Each detainee had to go to the police station for a photo and a fingerprint.

This took a huge amount of time. Through extensive arrests, the NYPD artificially overestimated the statistics of the crimes. Many officers preferred to catch small drug addicts rather than large drug dealers, robbers, rapists and, murderers.

Smoking marijuana
If a person smokes pot in a public place, the police will take him in. (Source)

Most of the detainees were African-American and Spanish

According to federal statistics, African-Americans are the most likely to smoke weed rather than other ethnic groups. White people made up about 10% of the total number of smokers. However, human rights activists seriously believe that the new rules will help reduce the number of arrests.

Supporters of medical marijuana actively promoted law changes. Cannabis currently has the status of medicine in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Advocates of marijuana legalization are confident that the new law changes will make New York the 24th state where medical grass became legal. This is likely to be the case.

New York is the least friendly city for marijuana smokers

It is especially worth noting that New York City had the unofficial title of “the least friendly city in the world for marijuana smokers” for 37 years. During this period, police arrested over a million people for cannabis-related crimes. Many people were in prison for small possession of marijuana. This resulted in thousands of immigrants have lost their green cards.

Furthermore, the new law will undoubtedly affect NYPD officers. Arrest and clearance rates will go down sharply. Many criminal attorneys, who helped to arrest residents will see their number of clients decrease significantly. Because the 25 grams of cannabis is a fairly large package. The average smoker will have enough for 2 – 3 weeks.

Marijuana plant
26 states, including Washington, legalized marijuana in the United States. (Source)

Consequences of the new relaxed rules in New York

There are also many opponents of the law changes among conservative residents. A large number of registered Republicans believe that New Yorkers will carry bags of cannabis everywhere. They will smoke pot at every opportunity. As a consequence, the indicators of many crimes, in particular, public order and drugged driving, will go up.

According to United Nations experts, almost 100 million people in the United States tried marijuana at least once in their lives. Approximately one in ten Americans between the ages of 14 and 70 now smoke pot regularly. Cannabis cultivation in Mexico and the United States rose by a factor of almost 12 over the past 25 years.

Currently, there are more than 300 varieties of marijuana products on the illegal “black” market in America. Ranging from natural organic varieties grown in ecologically clean areas of Mexico to super strong varieties produced in clandestine laboratories. The market value of marijuana ranges from a few dollars to several hundred dollars per gram.

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