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June 19, 2018
NEW YORK - The New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement from executive director Donna Lieberman in response to shifts in marijuana enforcement policy in New York City and reports that the state health commissioner will recommend marijuana legalization in an upcoming study.

“Marijuana enforcement has long been a key pillar of broken windows policing. Substituting summonses for arrests is certainly an improvement, but not nearly enough to end counterproductive and discriminatory policing that has disproportionate and harmful impacts on communities of color. 

"For New York to achieve common sense criminal justice and public health policies we need to legalize marijuana at the state level.”