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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Ticket, Not An Arrest, For Marijuana Possession

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A new policy for marijuana possession up to 25 grams will touch the lives of many New Yorkers. Call in with your responses, questions, and reactions to the new NYPD order.

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WNYC News

Citations Not Cuffs for Low-Level Pot Possession in NYC

Monday, November 10, 2014

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The new policy is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign promise to reform NYPD practices that disproportionately affect blacks and Latinos.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Four Men in a Room

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

State budget negotiations have produced a tentative deal to raise the minimum wage to $9/hr by 2015 and to increase taxes on those New Yorkers making over $1 million per year. This year Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Senate Republican Leader Skelos are joined by Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, who shares leadership with Skelos. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, discusses the latest on the budget, expected this week.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Opposes Legalization of Marijuana, but Lightens Penalty

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes legalizing marijuana — or any other illicit drug.

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Support for Cuomo’s Pot Legislation Remains Divided

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Democratically controlled state Assembly is expected to take up a version of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana this week. But the Senate Majority Leader has indicated he does not support decriminalization.

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WNYC News

Bill Aimed at Lowering Pot Arrests Gets Ready for Albany

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

New York’s law regarding public possession of a small amount of marijuana may soon change. A bill that would make it a violation, instead of a crime — proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday — has been drafted and is expected to be introduced in the Legislature as early as Wednesday.

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The Evolution of Cuomo’s Push to Lower Pot Arrests

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Under current law in New York, possessing a small amount of marijuana is only a crime if it's in public view.  On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo put his political muscle behind a bill that would make that a violation, not a crime ― meaning you only get a ticket and pay a fine. Cuomo's sudden announcement took many by surprise, but it was a decision that had been unfolding for months.

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WNYC News

City Has Highest Number of Marijuana Arrests in More Than a Decade

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Last year, New York City police officers made the greatest number of marijuana arrests in more than a decade, according to new state records.

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Marijuana Arrests Dip After NYPD Order, But Allegations of Improper Arrests Continue

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Marijuana arrests in New York City are still high, but slowing down slightly. Still, the dip in such arrests hasn’t stopped allegations that police officers are still making improper arrests by illegally searching and mischarging people.

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Alleged Illegal Searches by NYPD May Be Increasing Marijuana Arrests

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Police arrest 140 people every day in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana. It's now by far the most common misdemeanor charge in the city, and thousands of these arrests take place when police stop-and-frisk young men in the poorest neighborhoods. Police say these stop-and-frisks are a way to find guns, what they find more often is a bag of marijuana.

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