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New York marijuana arrests declining

From one side of the country to the other, police are doing their best to cut back on drug related offenses. While this is easier said than done, many areas, including New York City, are having success.

Newly released statistics show that minor marijuana arrests in the Big Apple have decreased over the past few years. Furthermore, these arrests coincide with a fresh mayoral administration that has put a lot of time into reducing this type of crime.

According to data from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, arrests related to lowest-level marijuana crimes decreased 34 percent during the first quarter of last year. During the first quarter of 2014, this type of crime decreased nine percent.

Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio are making every effort to minimize this type of crime in the city. Despite the fact that arrests for such crimes are falling, some are not happy and believe that the decrease is a result of questionable practices by police.

The director of the Drug Policy Alliance New York said, "The fact that there's a small drop isn't that significant, in that we know that these arrests are still going on in ways that they shouldn't be."

All types of drug crime, even the lowest-level marijuana crimes, are taken seriously by police departments throughout the country. This has been a major problem in New York City for many years, but these statistics show that things are moving in the right direction now that the mayor and police department are working together to find a solution.

Source: ABC News, "NY Pot Arrests Drop Moderately as New Mayor Starts" Jennifer Peltz, May. 09, 2014

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