Ask New York Mayor to Change Stance on Marijuana

Target: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Goal: Change ill-informed stance on marijuana arrests

New York City is one of the worst cities in the country when it comes to arrests for marijuana possession. As the people of the United States become more aware every day of the futility of arrests for marijuana (in terms of a positive effect on society), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stands behind the city’s 500,000+ arrests for marijuana possession in the past 15 years. Mayor Bloomberg has stated that these arrests lessen violent crime. Human Rights Watch has recently made public a study that proves this to be completely untrue.

It is no longer a matter of opinion but one of fact: marijuana prohibition, especially the resulting arrests for possession of the drug, has no positive effect on society and does absolutely nothing but arbitrarily herd people into the justice system. Since Mayor Bloomberg, who is such an outspoken proponent of the enforcement of anti-marijuana laws claiming that the arrests reduce violent crime, has been proven wrong absolutely and unequivocally. He should change his position since that was his only defense of the ridiculous amount of marijuana arrests in the city.

To correct this grievous mistake, Mayor Bloomberg must state publicly that he was wrong in claiming that arrests for marijuana possession reduce violent crime, and he should reconsider his position on the subject and encourage others to do so as well.


Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

You have defended New York City’s aggressive, anti-marijuana policy (over 500,000 arrests in the past 15 years) by saying that these arrests helped cut down on violent crime. There’s no tactile way to put this: you were completely wrong. Human Rights Watch has conducted a study proving that there is absolutely no connection between these arrests you praised and a reduction in violent crime.

What other reasons do you have to support this staggering number of arrests? It may seem like numbers and statistics to you, but behind every number is a person who has had their life taken off course or even ruined by a silly law.

Marijuana remains illegal and it is people like you, those in a position of power who make false statements in support of their anti-marijuana stance in order to justify their actions, who are primarily responsible. Your false statements are single-handedly responsible for the ruin of many young lives. You were wrong and will continue to be wrong until you reverse your position.

It is quite possible for you to be an advocate for good in this situation. Think how powerful your endorsement of marijuana legalization would be. The first step is admitting you were wrong. If you can admit that, think of how many others may follow your example.


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