NYC marijuana arrests are up nearly 30 percent in 2016

Written by Emily Brosious for Extract.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (C) holds up a bag of oregano to demonstrate what 25 grams of marijuana looks like at a news conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) to announce changes to New York City's marijuana policy on November 10, 2014 in New York City. The commissioner and Mayor de Blasio announced that the city will start giving out tickets (and court summons) rather than arresting people for possession of 25 grams of marijuana and under. The new guidelines for officers will result in hundreds of less arrests per year, freeing up the police to focus on other crimes. It will also free those caught with the drug from having a damaging arrest record. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promises to reduce unnecessary low-level marijuana arrests in New York City, new data shows pot arrests jumped nearly 30 percent compared to the same time last year, as reported by Courthouse News Service.

Data for the first half of 2016 released by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Servicesshows New York City misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests during the first six months of 2016 increased to 9,331 from 7,236 arrests during the same time period in 2015.

Marijuana-related arrest rates increased far more than New York City’s total arrest rate, which jumped 2 percent during the first half of 2016 to 140,978 arrests.

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