|Notes From The Psychedelic Salon|
|Ethan Nadelmann, executive director, Drug Policy Alliance: "It's evidence that collectively, activists and community leaders and academics and elected officals can really transform a policy. "|
"At first, I was suspicious," Nadelmann said. "Is this really what it says it is? And when I read it closely, it looks like it really is a change in policy. That [Commissioner] Kelly is telling the police to stop arresting people when marijuana pops up in somebody's pocket in a search. And that's a big change."
Nadelmann called the NYPD policy change -- in which the department agrees to finally, actually follow New York state's marijuana decriminalization law, passed 34 years ago in 1977 -- "an exceptional victory."
"It's evidence that collectively, activists and community leaders and academics and elected officials can really transform a policy," Nadelmann said.
Don't miss the rest of Nadelmann's interview with Stephen Thrasher of the Village Voice: "Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance Responds to the Big NYPD Marijuana News"