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New York: Artists Announce 'The Museum of Drug Policy' On Park Avenue, NYC

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The Museum of Drug Policy is a popup cultural hub that includes an immersive art experience and special live programming looking at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world . The Museum will occupy space on Park Avenue for three days this month, during the United Nations General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem.

Through art, conversations and experiential events, the Museum will showcase that the moment is now for drug policy reform and that damage caused by the War On Drugs is evident across the world. The Museum will uplift the voices of people most impacted by the global drug policy: people who use drugs, crop growers, people who are incarcerated, people who have saved lives or lost loved ones to drug overdose, people on death row for drug offenses, doctors who can’t prescribe adequate pain relief to their patients, and other voices of the international drug policy reform movement.

The Museum of Drug Policy will feature 70+ works from artists around the world, with interactive art installations, keynote addresses, panels, and community discussions that take attendees on a journey exploring the real impact and human cost of drug policy in communities around the world.

New York: Victims of the War On Drugs Call For Abolishing The DEA

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Decades of violence, corruption, support for authoritarian governments, and illegal spying on Americans leave DEA unfit for service

Ahead of major United Nations meeting on global drug policy, activists call for new approach focused on public health and safety

What: Banner drop & protest at the NYC Drug Enforcement Administration Office.
When: This Friday (3/18) @ 11 AM
Where: Drug Enforcement Administration, New York City office, 99 10th Ave, NYC 10011

Details: People with a history of drug use, the formerly incarcerated and people living with AIDS, all identifying as “victims of the Drug War,” will protest the Drug Enforcement Administration for its role in perpetuating the worst of drug war policies, including mass incarceration of people of color, fueling violence abroad, and fighting scientific evidence and public health needs in order to wage the Drug War at all costs.

Protesters will do a banner drop off the High Line Park reading "Just Say NO to the DEA", followed by blocking traffic in front of the office.

For more background on DEA abuses, click here to read the fact sheet.

New York: Women's Visionary Congress To Host Weekend of Events March 11-13

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Research Scientist Katherine MacLean, PhD, Artist Allyson Grey, and Psychiatrist Julie Holland, MD, Will Discuss How To Integrate Insights From Non-Ordinary Consciousness

In two weeks, a formerly underground women's psychedelic organization will host a weekend of events in New York City that will examine how to integrate insights from non-ordinary states of consciousness.

The Women's Visionary Congress (WVC) invites interested participants to a salon featuring Katherine MacLean PhD, Allyson Grey, and Julie Holland MD who will share their thoughts on how these experiences can have a lasting impact on our lives.

The event will take place March 12 from 11 am to 5 pm at The Alchemist's Kitchen, 21 East 1st Street, New York, NY. People of all genders are welcome to attend. Tickets are $50 and benefit WVC which is a 501C3 nonprofit organization.

The WVC salon will be preceded by a party on Friday, March 11, from 6-10 pm at the Rubin Museum at 150 W 17th Street in New York City. Admission is free.

The salon will be followed on the evening of Saturday, March 12, by a visionary storytelling gathering co-hosted by the WVC and Symposia which will take place from 8 pm to midnight at the Hell Phone at 247 Varet St. in Brooklyn. There is no charge for admission.

New York: Man Returns Lost Wallet Contents, Keeps Cash For Weed

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Last week a Brooklyn-area man received a package in the mail containing the contents of a wallet he had lost at a Wilco concert two weeks previously. Well, most of the contents: the package included a note explaining how the culprit kept the cash because he "needed weed".

Reilly Flaherty, 28, was surprised to find the plain white envelope contained his driver's license, credit cards and the handwritten letter signed "Toodles, Anonymous".

“I found your wallet and your drivers license had your address so here’s your credit cards and other important stuff,” the note read. "I kept the cash because I needed weed, the metrocard because well the fare’s $2.75 now, and the wallet cause it’s kinda cool. Enjoy the rest of your day."

Flaherty burst out laughing at first, he told the New York Post. "I quickly went from being hysterical to like, this guy is selfish.”

He said the two of them could have probably been friends under other circumstances. “I would say, ‘Man, we would’ve gotten along — we’re both into Wilco — but you turned out to be super selfish,” he said. “It speaks to the New York mentality: I’m going to be nice but there’s going to be an asterisk.”

Flaherty had already replaced his driver's license and canceled the credit cards, so the good gesture was futile.

Flaherty didn't disclose how much cash was in the wallet. “Whether it was a dollar or a thousand, [this person] is a pot-smoking, modern-day version of Robin Hood,” he said.

New York: NYC Marijuana Possession Arrests Drop Under 17K; First Time Since '96

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67% Drop from 51,000 Arrests in 2011

Still A Tale of Two Cities: Young Black and Latino People Arrested at Higher Rates, Despite Young White People Using Marijuana at Higher Rates

According to data just released by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York City marijuana arrests in 2015 dropped to under 17,000 for the first time since 1996. The 16,590 arrests for low-level marijuana possession in 2015 is a 42 percent decline from the 26,386 in 2014 and a 67 percent drop from the nearly 51,000 arrests in 2011.

“New York is finally starting to shed its embarrassing distinction of being the marijuana arrest capital of the world,” said Kassandra Frederique, New York state director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Over the last twenty years, more than 700,000 lives were irrevocably harmed by our draconian marijuana arrest policies. We must repair the harms of marijuana prohibition and end the biased policing practices that have ruined the lives of so many young Black and Latino New Yorkers.”

In 2015, with the continuous advocacy of community members, advocates, and elected officials – the New York Police Department made 16,590 arrests for low level marijuana possession, down from a high of 26,386 in 2014. This continues a four year trend of declining marijuana possession arrest by the NYPD.

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