$75 million in 2010. From 1997 through 2010 the New York Police Department made 536,000 arrests for marijuana possession. This has cost taxpayers $500 million to over $1 billion. What are we getting for this money? Not very much!
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
The price of New York’s marihuana arrests
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Eduardo Porter writes about business, economics, and many other matters as a member of the New York Times editorial board. He has also worked as a journalist in Mexico City, Tokyo, London, São Paulo, and Los Angeles. He was the editor of the Brazilian edition of América Economía and covered the Hispanic population of the United States for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York.