People of color made up 94% of NYPD marijuana busts, data says

Black and Brown New Yorkers were the most impacted by marijuana-related arrests in 2020, NYPD data shows, something the Legal Aid Society is using as a springboard to call for the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation And Taxation Act.

With the data showing that 94% of all arrests relating to weed impacted people of color in the five boroughs, the organization representing the poorest New Yorkers pro bono says the state bill is an opportunity to end what they believe is a racist practice in law enforcement, and give back to these communities.

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