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Marijuana Enforcement in Buffalo and Legalization Solutions
November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214.Since 2006, there have been more than 5,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Buffalo–almost double the number of people arrested in the previous decade.
In Buffalo, Black people are more than 7 times more likely to be arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession than white people, even though young white people use marijuana at higher rates than young Black and Latino people.
This massive increase of Western New Yorkers involved with the criminal justice system has had significant reverberations. A marijuana arrest creates a permanent criminal record that can easily be found by employers, landlords, schools, credit agencies and banks.
This public discussion will examine the long-term costs and consequences of unequal enforcement of marijuana prohibition in Buffalo, solutions to address the harms caused to communities, and efforts to legalize marijuana in New York State while creating a diverse and inclusive industry.
Sponsored by: Drug Policy Alliance, Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Partnership for the Public Good, Open Buffalo.