CITY ROOM; Marijuana Arrests Rose in 2011, Even With Directive to the Police

Advocacy group reports that arrests for low-level marijuana possession in New York City increased for the seventh straight year in 2011 despite a directive from Police Commissioner Raymond W Kelly that officers should not arrest those with the drug unless it is in plain sight; critics have linked the high numbers of arrests to the police department’s stop-and-frisk practices and disproportionate enforcement against blacks and Hispanics.

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