How a marijuana arrest, without conviction, destroyed a teacher’s life (Video)
This is the story of a public school art teacher who was torn away from his life’s work due to a marijuana arrest, in which almost two years later the charges were dropped. Stories like this are the reason we must change our drug laws and the way our police departments operate.
In 1992, there were 812 arrests for possessing a small amount of marijuana in New York City.
In 2012, there were 39,230.
85% of those arrested were black or Latino even though whites and minorities use marijuana at the same rates.
A beloved art teacher was subjected to arrest for having “a marijuana cigarette” which an officer found on the ground on the same block as him. The next day, he was suspended from teaching. From there the story gets worse.
“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.”