2012-06-14 / Letters/Opinion

What's Your Opinion

Compiled by Bill O’Neill

QUESTION: The NYPD and government officials have proposed legislation that would reduce the charge for possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a violation, the equivalent of a traffic ticket, rather than arrest and possible jail time. Do you think this will have an effect on the stop and frisk program?



“I have mixed emotions about this issue. First of all, I don’t like to see a lot of kids go to jail just for recreational marijuana. I also don’t want kids to think they can walk around with marijuana — and there will be no penalty. Overall, it’s a good idea that the penalty is less, and the jails can be used for serious criminals. –Kamaal Tomlin, Canarsie “I have mixed emotions about this issue. First of all, I don’t like to see a lot of kids go to jail just for recreational marijuana. I also don’t want kids to think they can walk around with marijuana — and there will be no penalty. Overall, it’s a good idea that the penalty is less, and the jails can be used for serious criminals. –Kamaal Tomlin, Canarsie

“It’ll take the pressure off the police officer — and that will cut down on the stop and frisk. Now the officers can focus on more harmful crimes.” –Diane Gonzalez, Canarsie “It’ll take the pressure off the police officer — and that will cut down on the stop and frisk. Now the officers can focus on more harmful crimes.” –Diane Gonzalez, Canarsie

“I think it will help, because there will be fewer people going through the court system, and everybody will be better off.” –Yasein T. Bay Ridge “I think it will help, because there will be fewer people going through the court system, and everybody will be better off.” –Yasein T. Bay Ridge

“No. Cops stereotype people anyway. Stop and frisk has nothing to do with marijuana use anyway. They will stop and frisk regardless of the severity of the punishment.” –Derrell Bolling. Canarsie “No. Cops stereotype people anyway. Stop and frisk has nothing to do with marijuana use anyway. They will stop and frisk regardless of the severity of the punishment.” –Derrell Bolling. Canarsie

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