Advocates push for marijuana reform laws

NEW YORK (WIVB) – Advocates are pushing for marijuana reform laws in New York State.

A new report from the Partnership for the Public Good shows that more young black residents in Erie County and Buffalo are arrested for low-level marijuana possession- according to the report, young black residents make up 76 percent of the arrests in the county, despite the fact that they represent only 18 percent of the population.

Start Smart NY, a campaign to end marijuana prohibition, says that they support taxing marijuana and legally regulating it- which they say will stop fueling violence.

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes says something needs to change.

“It is almost sickening,” Peoples-Stokes said. “Here we are in 2017, and we are still incarcerating people at the same rates.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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