A little pot is trouble in NYC: 50k busts a year

AP News

11/5/2011 3:21:19 PM - AP News
NEW YORK (AP) — As New York City deals with terror threats and various violent crimes, carrying a little bit of marijuana is still a big deal.There are more than 50,000 arrests in the city each year for low-level pot possession — more than for any other crime: about one of every seven cases in the city's criminal courts.Critics say the arrests stem partly from police stopping and frisking people who police say meet the description of crime suspects. Most of those arrested are black and Hispanic men.Police say the strategy's main goal is to take guns off the street and prevent crime. But critics say officers searching pockets for guns more often find pot and lock up the possessor, even though state law says the drug must be in open view to warrant an arrest.