NYC Bar Association to Discuss Cannabis Prohibition in New York

New York, NY: The New York City Bar Association will host a lecture entitled ‘New York City’s Marijuana Arrest Policy: Thirty Years After Decriminalization,’ on Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 PM.

Based principally on the research of Professor Harry Levine, Ph.D of Queens College, and Deborah Small, Esq., head of the non-profit group Breaking the Chains, (along with the longstanding criminal justice research of Bruce D. Johnson, Ph.D) the lecture will review and discuss law enforcement patterns and motivations regarding targeting cannabis consumers and alternative policing policies and practices.

Dr. Levine’s and Ms. Small’s research has previously been submitted as testimony to the New York Senate. In that testimony, they focused on cannabis law enforcement practices in New York City, and revealed that arrests for marijuana possession had risen from 39,000 arrests between 1987 and 1996 to 362,000 arrests between 1997 and 2006. In the latter period, 196,000 blacks and 108,000 Hispanics were arrested for cannabis possession, while only 52,000 whites were arrested on similar charges, despite the fact that whites have higher rates of cannabis use than blacks or Hispanics.

Dr. Levine presented this testimony in an address at the 2007 NORML Conference in Los Angeles.

For more information, contact NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre at (202) 483-5500. The public and local media are invited and encouraged to attend the lecture at: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, at Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 PM. Dr. Levine’s and Ms. Small’s research and testimony submitted to the New York Senate is accessible at: http://soc.qc.cuny.edu/Staff/levine/Marijuana-Arrests/HGLevine-graphs-and-testimony-NYState-Assembly-May31-07.pdf