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Albany, NY - Gov. Cuomo: Slash Marijuana Arrests to Fight Stop-and-Frisk

Published on: June 4, 2012 08:35 AM
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Albany, NY - Wading into the debate over stop-and-frisk police tactics, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to ask legislators on Monday for a change in New York State law that would drastically reduce the number of people who could be arrested for marijuana possession as a result of police stops.

The governor will call for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, administration officials said. Advocates of such a change say the offense has ensnared tens of thousands of young black and Latino men who are stopped by the New York City police for other reasons but after being instructed to empty their pockets, find themselves charged with a crime.

By deciding to get involved in the biggest law enforcement issue roiling New York City, Mr. Cuomo is again inserting himself into the affairs of the city in a way that has been welcomed by some and resented by others. He previously brokered the resolution of a dispute over legalizing street hails of livery cabs, and he ordered the city to stop requiring that food stamp applicants be fingerprinted.

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In this case, the governor would be acting against the wishes of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 08:42 AM rationalman Says:

we are truly living in an amoral society......I think the next this he should do - and this should save lives; if we lowered the number of drunk driving arrests I was told the roads will be safer. So I propose raising the legal limit to say 2.8, that would eliminate drunk driving arrest completely!

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 09:24 AM concerned_Jew Says:

I agree with Governor Cuomo's program. And the fact that it is not Bloomberg view must mean that it is a really good idea. Cause Bloomie is a control freak and everything that he proposes is designed to take people's liberty away. I don't trust Bloomie one iota.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 09:59 AM Phineas Says:

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rationalman Says:

we are truly living in an amoral society......I think the next this he should do - and this should save lives; if we lowered the number of drunk driving arrests I was told the roads will be safer. So I propose raising the legal limit to say 2.8, that would eliminate drunk driving arrest completely!

this measure has the support if many criminal law experts throughout the country. As for Cuomo inserting himself into city business. it is the State Corrections agencies that bear the brunt of incarcerating small time marijuana users, not the city. It is a waste of money to incarcerate these people and a waste of police resources.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 01:13 PM blazeallday Says:

Just make it legal already! If everone would toke the world will be a really peaceful place. ONE LOVE

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM rebbetzin Says:

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rationalman Says:

we are truly living in an amoral society......I think the next this he should do - and this should save lives; if we lowered the number of drunk driving arrests I was told the roads will be safer. So I propose raising the legal limit to say 2.8, that would eliminate drunk driving arrest completely!

the governor is speaking about possesion of marijuana which if compared to alchohol, possesing a small amount of weed should be the equivilent of someone possesing a bottle of alchoholic beverage which is not a crime. Comparing it to someone driving drunk, which endangers other people, is not a fair comparison.
It is not a danger to society if a person posseses a small amount of weed.

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