Your Attention Please: Marijuana has now been found in all five boroughs. Luckily, in response to this plague, the NYPD has cracked down and arrested more people than ever for the crime of possessing marijuana. In 2010, 50,383 were arrested (86 percent of these are black or Latino). Noble drug warriors estimate that a continued focus on locking up low-level drug users will eradicate the evil weed by 2014. Currently, thanks to massive police presence, a entire 6-block area in East New York has been declared "marijuana free."
The number of marijuana arrests last year was greater than the number of marijuana arrests during entire 19-year period from 1978 to 1996.
Of course that makes sense, since marijuana didn't hit The Bronx until 1995. And the first "bud" wasn't confirmed on Staten Island until 2002.
But seriously, I know marijuana is illegal. And I know that some low-level drug offenders are more serious criminals. If you're arresting some violent drug dealer and all you can get him on is smoking a joint, fine. But most of these arrests are for nothing more than small-scale marijuana possession, a non-arrestable offense in New York State! Not only are many of these arrests wrong, they're expensive, counter-productive, and only happen because officers face crazy pressure to produce numbers for Compstat.
Meanwhile, back in NYPD recruiting, they're scratching their heads trying to figure out why it's so hard to find young New York-raised black and Latino men with a clean record. You reap what you sow.