June 4th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Mayor Bloomberg backs plan to reduce pot arrests

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposes a change to a New York State law that would reduce the number of people who are arrested for marijuana possession as a result of the "Stop-and-Frisk" police tactic. Both Mayor Michael A. Bloomberg and New York's police commissioner, Ray Kelly support the plan.

CNN's Erin Burnett takes a look at the numbers behind New York's plan to decriminalize small time pot users. Does it add up?

Defense attorney, Paul Callan comes OutFront. 

Recommended video: What's stop and frisk?

Filed under: Crime • Economy
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  1. Richard

    It is time to re-schedule marijuana / cannabis and put it in its proper category so that doctors can prescribe it for cancer patients and states can decriminalize it.
    As the only non-toxic recreational drug in the world, marijuana has no business being put in the same classification as heroin.
    These laws against marijuana are Jim Crow laws geared towards disenfranchising minorities and the poor in record numbers – and that is exactly what has been happening for decades.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
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  3. neil

    Does this mean the Mayor's strategy is to replace trans-fats with marijuana? The cost to the state of drug treatment & rehabilitation is significantly ahead of obesity so the rationale is difficult to follow as simplifying marijuana distribution is not an economic policy.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  4. Humberto Travassos

    In Lisbon The Socialist Party do not criminalise the consumers only the traffic

    June 5, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply

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