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New York City Easing Off Pot Arrests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the New York City Police Department will “overhaul” and reform its marijuana enforcement policies. Human Rights Watch has analyzed drug policies and their impact on human rights and racial justice for more than a decade and advocates decriminalizing the personal use and possession of drugs. The mayor’s announcement came days after the New York Times reported that black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people over the past three years and Hispanic people at five times the rate…

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