Nearly 51,000 people in NYC were arrested for marijuana possession in 2011. The 2012 number is only expected to be higher, despite minimal efforts to stem the tide by …
The news site I edit for did a series this month on Marijuana prohibition in NYC.
I really like the series because we got a chance to approach marijuana from a human costs perspective. The costs often get overshadowed by what I would call the “clowning” of it. Cheech and Chong imagery of just stupidly getting stoned and hunting food.
What we hoped to reveal was a much more darker reality of how marijuana prohibition plays into a larger oppressive system against everyone, but even more specifically vulnerable groups of low income or colored people.
What’s revealed is a sad incidence of equality failure. A failure that contributes to the larger difficulty of socioeconomic progress in America. The series isn’t over yet, we’ll be publishing another comprehensive closing piece this Wednesday.
Hope you enjoy!