Race and Marijuana Arrests
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Race and Marijuana Arrests
Posted by CN Staff on November 25, 2016 at 09:23:28 PT
By The NYT Editorial Board
Source: New York Times
Times Square, N.Y. -- Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office in 2014, has made some progress in cutting back on the unfair and sometimes illegal police practices under which thousands of New Yorkers are arrested every year for possessing trivial amounts of marijuana.But despite research showing that whites and minority citizens use marijuana at similar rates, black and Latino New Yorkers are still far and away more likely to be singled out for low-level arrests that have little public safety value, but seriously damage their lives.
These petty possession cases are typically dismissed after the person stays out of trouble for a year. But during the waiting period, people with otherwise clean records can be denied jobs, housing or entry into the armed services.This problem dates back to the 1970s, when affluent parents grew angry seeing the futures of their college-educated children ruined as a result of arrests for tiny amounts of marijuana. The New York Legislature responded to this anger by forbidding police officers from arresting people for small amounts of marijuana unless the drug was being smoked or displayed in public.There were fewer than 1,000 such arrests in 1990. But eventually police officers began to illegally charge people with public display of marijuana after forcing them to remove the drug from their backpacks or pockets. In 2011, an astonishing 50,000 people were arrested on charges of public possession. The number began to plummet under Mayor Michael Bloomberg after the city instructed police officers to obey the state law.There were just over 26,000 arrests in 2014 — the year Mr. de Blasio took office and introduced a policy under which people with tiny amounts of the drug were typically issued the equivalent of a traffic summons instead of being dragged through the legal system. Last year, there were about 16,600 such arrests.But the racial disparity in arrests persists. A new analysis of state data by the Police Reform Organizing Project found that about 85 percent of those arrested over trivial amounts of marijuana in the first nine months of this year were black or Latino. It also shows that marijuana arrests edged up by about 12 percent in the first nine months of this year, as compared with the same period in 2015.The Police Department attributes this racial disparity to the fact that black and Latino people tend to live in higher crime neighborhoods that are more heavily policed. But criminal defenders and police reform advocates have a different interpretation. They argue that, despite department policy, officers are still wrongly charging people with public possession, and that police officers turn a blind eye to marijuana use in affluent white areas while bearing down on it in minority communities.The city’s marijuana enforcement system is more sensible than it was five years ago. But the Police Department needs to get to the bottom of the racial disparity in arrests that continues to harm minority citizens and undermines faith in the fairness of the law.A version of this editorial appears in print on November 25, 2016, on page A26 of the New York edition with the headline: Race and Marijuana ArrestsSource: New York Times (NY) Published: November 25, 2016Copyright: 2016 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on November 29, 2016 at 11:36:58 PT
Comment 7 Garry Minor
I'm so sorry to hear all that horrible stuff happened to you.
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Comment #11 posted by Sam Adams on November 29, 2016 at 09:23:50 PT
Boston Globe
considering the source, this is a good editorial.  Why are they so eager to tax us? Persecution I suppose:
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on November 28, 2016 at 08:40:20 PT
Kaneh bosm, truth & needs.
Kaneh bosm and the knowledge of kaneh bosm leads toward a truth which is harmful to churches existence as churches are structured today.The church epicenter knows about kaneh bosm and so understands the threat of kaneh bosm to their existence.With truth, which leads to the "spirit of truth" We do not need a church. When We get there (acquiring the "spirit of truth"), We understand churches are actually a pediment. An obstruction.-0-We are here, at this TRANSFER STATION to acquire 1 thing and 1 thing only; THE "SPIRIT OF TRUTH". It's the only thing We can take with Us.As long as churches are threatened when people receive the spirit of truth, they will not be able to accept all that involves kaneh bosm. So churches (which) have long known about kaneh bosm must hide it, cage people who use it and exterminate it. After all they have a business to protect... They've made their choice; to let business get between them and the spirit of truth & people who join them risk everything.-That's why the catholic church in Boston spent $850,000 to fight against RE-legalizing cannabis on the last election. -Their business is at risk when cannabis is becoming accepted and more available and will more and more lead people closer toward God. PEOPLE WILL FIND OUT ABOUT CANNABIS' SPIRITUAL POTENTIAL & the church's income will diminish. Cannabis will expose the church as a devise orchestrated by the devil.It is the Christ, We seek, not the church.For the Christ teaches Us the "spirit of truth" will teach Us all things.When You leave here, You better have the "spirit of truth." Never risk anything, never let anything get between You and that "spirit of truth."Get it, share it, keep it.& sharing it is a key.THE GREEN COLLAR WORKER
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Comment #9 posted by SoupHerb on November 28, 2016 at 06:46:27 PT:
There were 4 wise men and the one with the cannabis was a little late so he didn't make it in that version of the Bible.
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on November 28, 2016 at 06:23:41 PT
It's amazing, it's quite likely that Jesus was actually a travelling medical cannabis salesman. How do you think he and his band of disciples, who were most likely poor fisherman and carpenters, were able to leave their jobs and travel the countryside as preachers?
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Comment #7 posted by Garry Minor on November 28, 2016 at 03:44:17 PT:
GCW #5 Kaneh Bosm
You're right, the Truth changes everything.I live in Columbus Indiana which is internationally known for its architecture.
Athens of the prairie, they call us.
I was born and raised here, it's also the hometown of our Vice President elect.Since 2005 I've shared the Word "Kaneh Bosm" with my pastor, the churches, mayors, politicians, lawyers, police, judges, news media, business leaders, schools, ... you name it.They've also been informed that Kaneh destroys cancer, inhibits the plaque causing Alzheimer's, reduces the inflammation after traumatic brain injury and stroke and all of Its other wonders.All it got me was several weeks in a psyche ward, twice, banned from my church, divorced, separated from my children and seven months in prison in 2010.For some reason people don't like to be told that the churches are literally and Biblically, antichrist ..... and the root of our problems.But, True is True!I realize that many people are and will be distraught, but that's just the way it goes.
If they can't handle the Truth, so be it.Anyway, a lot has happened since '05 and it seems that people's eyes, ears and hearts are beginning to open.Imagine if the churches of the world learned of, accepted and taught that in order to be called worthy of the title "Christian," one had to be Anointed with Holy Oil, Chrism containing Kaneh Bosm, Cannabis ... and were using the Mystical Tree of Life for food, fuel, shelter, clothing, medicine, etc.!It's no coincidence that Benet discovered the error when she did, nor the Nag Hammadi Library discovered a few years later.The Word "Kaneh Bosm" changes the world like nothing else Can!There is water in water, there is Fire in Chrism.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on November 26, 2016 at 09:43:11 PT
Remember the "Dirty drug" guy?
I think we listened to him testify at a hearing in Alaska quite some years back.He's still at it.The War Against the Weak linked to it. It's like he thinks if we stop hurting people over cannabis, we can't use antibiotics anymore. Or that we want him to eat dirt?What?'Medical' Marijuana -- A Con
Dr. Carlton E. Turner	November 25th 2016
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 26, 2016 at 08:10:35 PT
Sam Adams, HempWorld,
"the Church controlled all flow of information" -0-That includes important information about cannabis / kaneh bosm. It is still important to keep kaneh bosm away from people anyone wishes to control. 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on November 26, 2016 at 05:42:59 PT
HW that is some fascinating history. I think you have to remember the context too - for a couple thousand years the lower classes were dispersed widely over the various agricultural lands that were owned by the local aristocratic family. It was easy to keep their ignorant and passive, the Church controlled all flow of information and used strict moral codes to punish any rebellious individuals.Suddenly over 50 years the Industrial Age was underway and all the lower classes were living together in compact urban neighborhoods and working side-by-side in factories. The resulting labor movement was kicking butt in the Victorian era. The various Carnegies and Rockefellers wanted them working 12 hour days, 6 or 7 days per week. The labor movement had already made huge strides in establishing the weekend, the 8 hour workday, and in Europe, getting healthcare and help for work-caused injuries and sicknesses. All of this stuff is the super-rich satisfying their urges to control and oppress the masses. When you have all the money in society you're worried about the masses just ganging up on you and marching on your mansions. Today rich people mostly live in gated communities for the same reason.
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on November 25, 2016 at 20:24:52 PT
Ad Infinitum...
"The American public has spoken: It's not about whether marijuana is good or bad for you, or how the majority or minority sees it. It's about whether prohibition of something, say alcohol or marijuana, or other, is good policy. And that, we can now say, is a horrible racial divide and a societal devastation. See alcohol prohibition from the 20's. But that one, at least, was not as damaging to minorities then, but it certainly was for society as a whole.Further study has made it clear to me that the prohibition of marijuana is a eugenic policy instrument. It is no coincidence that prohibition on this substance started after 1911, in-synch with the rise of the Eugenics movement. The nature of the drug-war was racist right from the start and by design. It has worked un-abated, as career-hungry jackals surrounding a herd of meek subjects, continuing to cull the American population and to keep people of color down and out, for over a 100 years now:"The superior species the eugenics movement sought was populated not merely by tall, strong, talented people. Eugenicists craved blond, blue-eyed Nordic types. This group alone, they believed, was fit to inherit the Earth. In the process, the movement intended to subtract emancipated Negroes, immigrant Asian laborers, Indians, Hispanics, East Europeans, Jews, dark- haired hill folk, poor people, the infirm and anyone classified outside the gentrified genetic lines drawn up by American raceologists."From: Eugenics and the Nazis -- the California connection""
Legalize It!
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on November 25, 2016 at 20:16:44 PT
Cannabis prohibition is and has been working exact
ly as planned.I 2nd that GCW!
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 25, 2016 at 20:05:23 PT
For years, stories have emerged exposing how laws prohibiting cannabis are being used in a manner which effects racism.Many news stories have exposed that fact.Now, it't time for the stories to show how in fact the laws which amount to cannabis prohibition have always been a manufactured tool to attack minorities from the beginning.Cannabis prohibition is and has been working exactly as planned.And it is all out in the open, easily verified for all to see.-so why is it not seen?Yet?
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