BUFFALO, NY--- A report just released claims there are large racial disparities when it comes to marijuana arrests here in Western New York.
The report comes from The Partnership for the Public Good.
That's a think-tank based in Buffalo that looked at data from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The report shows that from 2012 through 2016, people of color accounted for 76% of the arrests for low-level marijuana possession.
It also found that in the city of Buffalo, black people, especially youth, are seven times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people.
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes says the policy needs to change.
"If there is a medicinal value to the use of it, and at the same time we're incarerating people in high numbers, than that's kind of a conflict. we're talking out of both sides of our mouth," says Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes.
Peoples-Stokes also said that we have to look at the states around us legalizing recreational use, like Massachusetts and Canada. New York needs to look into it as well. She believes that with marijuana legalized, it will be more regulated and harder for younger people to have access to it.