The Marijuana Reform Party believes:
That the best way to protect the health and well-being of our community and children from marijuana-related harm is to control the growth, distribution, and use of the drug through a rational system of regulation and taxation.
Marijuana is decriminalized in New York, with simple possession not even being a misdemeanor offense. Until recently, relatively few people where ever arrested for marijuana possession in New York. Since 1990 arrests for marijuana possession increased 476% statewide. In New York City the arrest rate for possession has increased by over 1000%!
Marijuana prohibition creates a mixed drug market, which puts marijuana consumers in contact with hard-drug dealers. Regulating, taxing, and allowing adults to grow their own marijuana would seperate marijuana from cocaine, heroin, and other hard drugs.
Because marijuana is typically used in private, trampling the Bill of Rights is a routine part of marijuana law enforcement (e.g., drug dogs, urine tests, phone taps, informants, curbside garbage searches, military involvment in the drug war, etc.).