Parents' Marijuana Possession Gets Their Kids Taken Away

Parents' Minor Pot Bust Gets Kids Taken Away

It was a small amount of marijuana, but it cost a Bronx parent dearly.

The New York Times has a story about New York City caseworkers taking away the son and niece of Penelope Harris, after police found 10 grams of marijuana in her apartment (which is less than the limit threshold for a misdemeanor) according to her lawyer.

The piece is only the latest controversial story involving New York marijuana policy.

In February, it was reported that the NYPD arrested 50,383 people for having marijuana in 2010. That made it the number one reason for arrest in the city.

In March, news broke that New York spent $75 million last year putting people in jail for pot possession.

Last spring, drug policy reform advocates and two members of the City Council gave New York City a satirical award for having the most marijuana arrests in the world.

Go to the New York Times to read Ms. Harris' story.


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