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New York Bill Would Reduce Charge for Marijuana Possession

In a rare show of bipartisanship and upstate-downstate agreement, freshman state Sen. Mark Grisanti is co-sponsoring a bill with Democratic Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to reduce from a misdemeanor to a violation public possession of small amounts of marijuana. The co-sponsors say many people, especially minorities in New York City, end up getting arrested for small amounts if they are stopped by a police officer and told to empty their pockets -- at which point the possession becomes public. (Link to Story)

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New York? New York? Who's been smoking what? They passed a law decriminalizing possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana years ago. Yet thousands of New Yorkers have been arrested for less than 25 grams? Now they've introduced two bills in Albany directing the police to FOLLOW THE LAW! New York police, PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE EVIDENCE LOCKER LONG ENOUGH TO READ A LAW BOOK!

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