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weed in front of nypd patrol carNew York City-Despite the fact that New York is cutting teachers, social services and the subway system, they still had enough money to spend more than $75 million to arrest people for small amounts of marijuana.

Alternet reports:

Three members of the New York City Council joined advocates and community members on the steps of City Hall today at a press conference organized by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives. They announced the release of a new report: “$75 Million A Year – The Cost of New York City’s Marijuana Arrests.”

The report, written by CUNY Professor Harry Levine and attorney Loren Siegel, shows that since 1996 New York City has spent from half a billion to over a billion dollars arresting people for less than an ounce of marijuana.

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