Videos of people fighting bogus pot busts in NYC

The Drug Policy Alliance is producing powerful videos about people who have been entrapped by the NYPD on pot possession charges using a "stop-and-frisk" stunt.

[Video Link] Andre was charged with criminal possession of marijuana burning in public view in December of 2011 after being illegally searched by the police while walking with his friend. While his friend possessed a small amount of marijuana in his shoe, Andre didn't have any marijuana but was still falsely charged and illegally arrested for burning marijuana in public. Andre, who has no prior record, took his case to trial and was found not guilty of smoking marijuana in public view. Although many people arrested for marijuana possession are charged with crimes they did not commit, most do not fight their charges in court because of the laborious process of navigating the criminal justice system.

[Video Link] Colyssa was charged with criminal possession marijuana burning in public view and child endangerment when the police falsely charged and arrested her for smoking marijuana in front of her house in December of 2011. Six months later, Colyssa is still fighting her cases in court has not regained custody of her baby. Collateral consequences such as getting evicted from public housing, losing access to financial aid for school, or losing or being denied a job, and even deportation are common occurrences that happen after the arrest takes place.

See also: Hakeem Jeffries - Sponsoring State Legislation to End Unlawful Marijuana Arrests in NY, and New York Governor asks to decriminalize possession of pot in public view.

New York Marijuana Arrests Campaign Videos


    1.  Problem solved!

      Wait, where will law enforcement agencies get all that extra federal (read: taxpayer) funding if not from the War on Drugs™?

      1.  The war on terror – silly. Every state has brown people we can be scared of. Or double the cost of speeding tickets. Maybe the police will have more time/man power to address violent crime .

        But yes – the war on drugs is a big racket costing us billions in taxes a year.

  1. It’s the gateway drug! Gateway to the White House, that is!

    Maraniss portrays the teenage Obama as not just a pot smoker, but a pot-smoking innovator.

    “As a member of the Choom Gang,” Maraniss writes, “Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends.”

    The first Obama-inspired trend: “Total Absorption” or “TA”.

    “TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled,” explains Maraniss. Here’s how it worked: If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, “you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around.”

    As one of Obama’s old high school buddies tells Maraniss: “Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated.”

    Another Obama innovation: “Roof Hits.”

    “When they were chooming in a car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.”

    Maraniss also says Obama was known for his “Interceptions”: “When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!,’ and took an extra hit.”


      1. Sew buttons.

        Obama gets to keep his kids even though he’s an actual criminal. LAWS AREN’T FAIR, I guess. It’s America.

      2. ” So what?”
        So, his current policies, despite his campaign rhetoric, would make sure a young Obama would have zero opportunity in life if caught. He would probably have been expelled from college and ended up in either prison or a dead end life. Marijuana arrests destroy peoples lives and this ‘cool’ president is OK with that even though he knows full well using marijuana did nothing to harm his life and that only the prohibition causes actual harm.

    1. Just goes to show you that MJ doesn’t have all the miraculous powers that it’s aficionados say it has. If it did, Obama wouldn’t be the hypocritical jerk that he is. Ditto for Clinton.

      (As for the Clinton thing: to quote former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich: “I’ve known him since he was 22. At Oxford, as grad students, we didn’t inhale together.”)

      I’m all in favor of legalizing MJ, but showing Presidents to be users is an anti-argument. Wouldn’t want the children growing up to be like them, would we? :(

  2. “Marijuana – a drug so dangerous that it’s necessary for the police to arrest people for it even when they aren’t carrying any”.

  3. New Yorkers get to pay some of the highest taxes in the country and the state is still underwater. This stupidity has to end. While Colyssa Stapleton is trying to get her child back, the taxpayers are not only funding child care, but also funding a bunch of idiot bureaucrats focused on preventing the child’s return to it’s mother. Both of these people profiled need to sue the NYPD.

    1. “New Yorkers get to pay some of the highest taxes in the country”
      Maintaining a militarized police with nothing more to do than to falsely accuse minorities is expensive.

  4. You have to be a fucking buffoon to want to keep marijuana illegal while keeping the extremely harmful drug, alcohol, legal.

    We need to stop this insanity NOW.  If we’re going to practice corrupt, harmful prohibition… then let’s go all the way and make alcohol illegal NOW.  Otherwise, fuck off and get the fuck out of the way of common sense and the legalization of marijuana.

    >:(  Obama… you’re a fucking idiot.  Legalize this shit now, you tool.

  5. It seems the US celebrates bureaucracy, homogeny, and fear as it’s principle tenets.  As an american scientist, watching these videos breaks my heart in the same way as videos of homophobia, intolerance, ignorance, and creationism.

    Why can’t we celebrate research, innovation, tolerance, science, and research studies above utter nonsense?  Because of fear, and cultural inertia.  The most mobile, adaptive society is historically the most successful.  And, from the past 20 years, it is clear now that the US is not interested in innovation that doesn’t come with a big $$ attached to it.  (See: Apple, reality TV).

    It has always disappointed me that the US is capable of so much!  Embrace science!  Embrace innovation!  This could be a better country, if we weren’t so scared of the future.

  6. The authorities should legalize weed and focus their anti-drug resources on the more dangerous substances like meth and heroin.

    1. I wonder, does a meth head take pride in what they do?  Does a heroin addict?  Perhaps, in the romantic suffering “artist” notion, but probably only a small percent.

      If we treated drug addiction as a disease, and addicts with compassion to help them heal and get back on their feet and healthy, would we have the same problem with crime and disease?

      Crime from drugs comes naturally, as the drug user is already a criminal.  But if they were instead patients… how many HIV patients steal to afford medication?

      It would take a frightening cultural paradigm shift, one that I feel will never happen, but it’s fun to imagine a utopian culture.

  7. you’re missing the point.  You can deprive people of the right to vote by busting people for activities associated with people who’d vote against the status quo.

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