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Lots More Pot Busts in the Stop-and-Frisk Era

There are 50,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana in New York City annually, making it the most common cause of arrest in the city. That number — which has been on the rise in recent years — doesn't have anything to do with some sort of official crackdown on weed. Nope, say critics, it's just a side effect of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Also possibly a side effect of New Yorkers liking marijuana. [AP]

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