Few People Arrested In New York For Marijuana Possession

Cyrus Vance, the powerful D.A. for Manhattan, said that there are considerable long-term economic consequences for the people arrested.


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A new study from Human Rights Watch found that the overwhelming majority of people who are arrested in New York City for marijuana possession are never arrested for a subsequent violent offense.

The study tracked arrests over a 15-year period, during which more than 500,000 people – who were mostly black or Latino – were arrested for having small amounts of weed in public view. Human Rights Watch tracked 30,000 people and found that only about 3.1 percent were ever later arrested for a violent crime.

Cyrus Vance, the powerful D.A. for Manhattan, said that there are considerable long-term economic consequences for the people arrested, including being barred from housing and obstacles to employment.

β€œThe human cost to each one of these people and their families is serious and it is real,” Vance said.