More NYC residents are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana than any other offense, even though it was decriminalized in 1977. While white youth have the highest rates of marijuana use, the overwhelming majority of arrests are among Black and Latino youth, with the lasting consequences that can come with an arrest record.
Governor Cuomo and the Assembly have declared that ending these arrests are a civil rights issue. We agree. Join VOCAL-NY, Drug Policy Alliance & Institute for Juvenile Justice & Reform Alternatives (IJJRA) this Tuesday to call for passage of Assembly bill # 10581 to end racially biased, costly and unconstitutional marijuana arrests.
To reserve a seat on the bus, contact VOCAL-NY’s civil rights community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo via email or (718) 415-9254.