Hundreds of thousands of people across the state have been funneled into New York’s criminal justice system for behavior most people do not believe should be a crime. On average, 60 New Yorkers are arrested for marijuana possession daily, and four out of five are Black or Latino. Beyond jail time, arrests put educational and employment opportunities at risk, as well as housing and child custody, and more.
The NYCLU advocates for legalizing marijuana for use by adults and limiting the consequences of past marijuana convictions. New York must ensure a diverse and inclusive legal marijuana industry and drive resources to the communities of color that have been hardest hit by the decades-long war on drugs.