New York's drug laws are some of the toughest and most complicated in the nation. The state has six degrees of felonies for drug possession alone, and the charges and penalties get much more serious for sale.
America’s criminal justice system operates on the principle that each defendant is innocent until proven guilty. From that perspective, prosecutors should not care about “winning” a case under any circumstances. They should care about doing justice.
As drug violence continues to rock countries around the world, a global commission – including former Latin American and European presidents, aims to decriminalize drug use and possession. As reported by the New York Times, a proposal submitted by the Global Commission on Drug Policy encourages governments to create regulated drug markets within their nations, legalizing a host of commonly trafficked narcotics.