Marijuana Prohibition Causes Shootings In NYC

A press conference was held on Monday to discuss the rising number of shootings in NYC.  NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton addressed that the 17% increase in NYC shootings as compared to 2014 is due to the prohibition of marijuana.  

"In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything that we had to deal with an '80s and '90s with heroin and cocaine," Bratton said. "We just see marijuana everywhere when we make these arrests, when we get these guns off the streets."  The coincidence of discovering marijuana with weapons does not mean that marijuana is the cause of violent crimes.  It could possibly be the fact that marijuana is still illegal, which causes people to feel the need to protect themselves.  The only solution to this problem, we feel, is ending marijuana prohibition.

Managing director of policy and campaigns for the Drug Policy Alliance, Gabriel Sayegh, "Prohibition is the absence of control, and by legalizing and regulating marijuana, we can regulate the marijuana marketplace.  If Bratton wants to end the violence in the illicit marijuana marketplace, he should support the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act introduced by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly woman Crystal Peoples-Stokes."