Marijuana advocate pushes for NYC to treat pot arrests like traffic tickets

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Easter Sunday was also a day of high importance for pot enthusiasts – “4/20.” A group of them gathered in Lower Manhattan to push for the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana.

Bernie Goetz was recently arrested for selling marijuana and said he thinks jail time is unnecessary.

“The city should have higher priorities,” Goetz said.

Instead of taking a plea deal, Goetz hopes to go to trial and convince a jury that infractions like this shouldn’t be treated so seriously.

Marijuana enthusiasts push to have pot arrests treated like traffic tickets. (WPIX)


“People are under tremendous pressure to take a plea bargain,” Goetz said. “I think people should just say no.”

Instead Goetz thinks the city should treat marijuana offenses like a traffic ticket.

“For marijuana offenses, give people a desk appearance ticket,” Goetz said. “You don’t have to process them through the system.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo voiced his support for a small medical marijuana program earlier.

“We will establish a program allowing up to 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana and we will monitor the program to monitor the effectiveness and feasibility of a medical marijuana system,” Cuomo said.

But these advocates want recreational marijuana to be legal as well.

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