PSA (Public Service Announcement)

I’ve mentioned it before on this site, before it was all trendy, but it bears repeating: Weed is semi-legal in New York; you just can’t have it out in the open, especially if 5-0 is around. If a cop stops you and asks if you have any weed on you, tell him you don’t, even if you do, regardless of what he says.

There’s a law in New York State, dating back to 1977, that makes it legal to have up to seven eighths of an ounce of weed on you, as long as you don’t have it in plain view. You wouldn’t want any kids to know you smoke weed. It’s important that young people have good role models. That’s why I hope everyone who reads this site is at least 25. I don’t need anyone’s parents emailing me talking about how I led their kids astray. (This has actually happened on more than one occasion.)

I’m assuming they decided on the seven eights of an ounce amount to fuck with drug dealers. They figured, if you’ve got enough money to buy an ounce-plus of weed, you’re probably a drug dealer – you’re probably gonna take that ounce-plus and break it down into amounts affordable by school children. And if you’re the kind of person who buys that much weed for your own personal amusement, you’re probably familiar with the law enough to only cop seven eighths of an ounce at a time.

But the latter is hardly an issue, since 5-0 doesn’t really fuck with the kind of people who can afford to stock up, just dumbass kids. If you’re white and you look like you work for a living, the police won’t even bother you in the first place. There’s a story in the current issue of New York magazine, in which a guy talks to a buncha white business class potheads about the pot arrest epidemic in New York, and they acted surprised that weed was even illegal. One guy said he never even heard of someone being arrested for weed.

On the other hand, if you’re black, and you make the mistake of walking down the street, 5-0 will fuck with you, even if you didn’t even do anything. The story in New York mag breaks down why this is the case. 5-0 is just looking for an easy drug bust, to keep their stats up. They prefer potheads, because weed makes you all peaceful and stupids. Drunks and crackheads will try to put up a fight or run, but potheads will damn near arrest themselves.

Here’s how it works: A cop will see you walking down the street, and he’ll figure you’ve probably got weed on you, because you’re not at work and you’re wearing a silly outfit. So, he’ll stop you and ask you if you have anything you’re not supposed to have. And he’ll lie and tell you that, if you do have something, and you don’t pull it out of your pocket now, the consequences will be way worse. So you pull a dime bag of weed out of your pocket, and, bam, your ass is going to jail.

Thing is, you didn’t get busted for having $10 worth of weed, you got busted for having it in plain view. You could have just as easily kept it in your pocket, and, even if the cop frisked you and found it, you’d be within your rights, since it’s legal to have up to seven eighths of an ounce of weed in New York State. A lawyer in the New York mag story said this is textbook entrapment, but what are you gonna do, call the black president and ask him to stand up for your rights? Nigga, please.

You see how Obama went out of his way to dis Kanye. Supposedly, that was meant to be off the record. But if it was meant to be off the record, how in the fuck is it in the paper. You think a reporter could really go up to the president and ask him some shit off the record and then turn around and print it in the newspaper. You could probably get tossed in Gitmo a long time ago. If that was even possible, someone would have tried it a long time ago. We would have found out if Bill Clinton really inhaled marijuana back in the ’70s. Never mind what he said on MTV.

Until we live in a country with laws that are fair, which we won’t, the most important thing you can do is know your rights. We’ve got to get the word out about weed being semi-legal in New York. I’d consider trying to enlist one of these rich rappers, like Jay-Z, to contribute to a PR campaign to explain to kids not to show your weed to the police. You know, really give back to the community. But I know better than to think he’d go for some shit like that. That might offend his political connects.

  • Vakuru Chaivo

    Or just migrate to amsterdam, you can even smoke it with the 5-0 down there!

    • KF UK

      Its not legal in Amsterdam, its still an illegal drug but they tolerate it, which is the BIG difference.

      And the cops dont smoke as they have to carry arms IE: cant be fucked when shooting.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    There’s similar laws like that in other states, also. In California, I’m not sure of the specifics, but I know it’s less than an ounce. Thing is, out here they might not arrest you, but they’ll give you a ticket & fine you &/or court costs.

    I’ve been stopped plenty of times throughout my life with weed, & it’s never been an issue. Most cops don’t want to do the paperwork for one dude with half a nickel of some bum smoke. The one time I had more than an ounce, my stash was great, & I didn’t cause a problem so they didn’t tear up my car for suspicion. I would’ve went to jail that night, really though.

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    California on the other hand… LOL

    In LA, there is a weed store nearly every 5-10 blocks now. A shit load popped up in the last 2 years alone. Its kind of sad actually.

  • Silly Chilly Willy

    “Here’s how it works: A cop will see you walking down the street, and he’ll figure you’ve probably got weed on you, because you’re not at work and you’re wearing a silly outfit.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Or you are black. I works just the same. Don’t front.

    J7M

  • og bobby j

    not sure how true this is. I got sent to central booking for a roach…the NYPD wasnt playing…..i didnt get charged, but i had to spend the night…shit was booty…

    • BIGNAT

      J7M
      tham og bobby j what did you do to them cops.
      back when i was smoking like that most cops just take it from you. they most likely going smoke that shit themselves. one time we was on the roof blazing and they were doing there usual sweeps. they came up to the roof caught us smoking. they told us to put out the blunt and hand over any weed we had and we would not get arrested. homie put that joint in a ziplock bag and said have a good day guys. now they take it and give you a ticket. or they give you a court date if you got alot they going take you. bloomberg got muthafuckers paying for doing everything. man thats why my block be quiet nigga can’t afford to do something stupid.

  • Brooklyn

    nypd is always entrapping niggas, that’s what they did with them guys that got arrested for raping that bitch in central park back when i was an embryo and they ended up serving 13 years for a crime that they didn’t commit because they were tricked into confessing. they’ve done that to other dudes too, i know this cat that’s mentally ill and they tricked him into confessing to killing this nigga that he didn’t even know. and now he’s doing twenty years for a crime that he didn’t commit and which there is no actual evidence that he committed because they told him that they had witnesses and forced him to cop a plea. point blank, nypd is a bunch of bitches.

    and this might sound weird, but i’ve had more run ins with black and latin cops than i’ve had with white cops. them irish and italian boys be on the corner of my block all day with their two story tower and when i walk past they nod their heads and never say shit. every time i’ve been stopped by the police the officer was black, puerto rican, or mexican. i guess they were trying to prove themselves to their white superiors, to prove themselves unbiased. which i guess is why obama called kanye a jackass. he didn’t want to appear to uphold kanye’s actions because he didn’t want people to say that he was supporting ye because ye’s black and that he came down on those white cops a few months ago because they were white. it’s the same reason why he apologized to those white cops. i don’t know if he apologized to yeezy or not, but you know a situation is blown out of proportion when the fucking president is weighing in on it.

    • BIGNAT

      man the cops spot is 2 blocks away from where i am at. they had one cop there who always was trying to be buddy buddy with us. he be like come on guys if help me i make this place safer for everybody. talking that shit i use to live around here let me help you out. cops are only helpful in las vegas

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Dad is teaching you well.

      “i guess they were trying to prove themselves…”

      PEACE

  • Cheeb

    Its not LEGAL to have 25grams (7/8 of ounce) in NY, its a citable offense, which means you wont be arrested but you will have to deal with court costs, fines, etc.

    Anything over gets you arrested & booked.

    BUT technically by law its NOT LEGAL

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Good drop, but you’re wrong Bol.

    In NY they have sweeps. If you’re in a “drug zone”(the PJ’s, the corner store, your front stoop, etc.) they snatch you, search you anyway, find even a clip of a blunt, you go to the precinct. If you’re clean(no warrants), THEN they give you a court date and then you go home, of course many hours later.

    The same with pissing in the street.

    Now in OR, they don’t really even pay attention to weed. More old people smoke than youngin’s.

    It’s nice to have a card though…

  • Master Cheef

    more importantly, where do you get weed in new york? I’ll be moving there in a year or two from MS, and am already stressing about not being able to find that good good.

    I love weed so much, i tried to marry juana.

    • yoprince

      lol, don’t worry about finding weed in NY homey.

    • BIGNAT

      you won’t have no problems man but just like anything else you gotta shop around. some niggas be crazy with the prices especially if they hear your accent.

      • Master Cheef

        hahaha.

        yeah, i went to D.C. when i was 14. NOBODY could get over the accent. I went to NY last year, expected everybody to be “rude” like New Yorkers are stereotyped as. But shit, it was all love everywhere a nigga went. Everybody I talked to was cool as fan.

        Down here, there are certain blocks you can always count on. I was really wondering where a good “spot” was that is guaranteed until I could get some connections, but hearing y’all say, “dont worry” makes me feel a lot more relaxed.

        Oh, and no shit, ladies love the accent (but then again, i dont go around saying things like “aye aye ok, well damn burr, aye aye”.)

  • brand-new

    @master cheef, you just gotta know the right people, networking i guess. you can score good stuff almost anywhere in n.y, but i always found manhattan to be the spot to get the best of the best.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      @ Cheef
      @ brand-new

      C’mon brand! Put Cheef on to that Wash. Heights ‘dro…

      & Cheef the game is TOTALLY different in NY. Get your people game up or you ain’t getting it.

  • Broke Iz A Disease

    What’s the law in Jerz?

    • that nigga

      You go straight to jail, dont pass GO!, Nah, its like the same as NY. And also where you at in Jerz. I got caught with a couple bags and got a fine, after the third time I got caught. Bol was right about that “weed and crackhead” statement when dealin with the cops.

  • fatDAN

    If you get a prescription for a medicinal marijuana card from a doctor, you can buy weed from dispensaries in Cali. You pay about $250.00 and can get it with damn near any condition you can tell the doc you have. Foot problems, anxiety, insomnia or just tell him your cookie hurts and bam! Weed for your problems. This is state law and up until July or so, you now don’t have to worry about the D.E.A. busting these dispensaries any more. The weed sold in these places is insanely good and makes my mouth water every time I see it.

  • brand-new

    true $yk, but manhattan is the only spot where i can find sour diesel fresh out of the jar…nothing beats that…lol

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Ain’t that the truth!!!

      Man listen. The gems on that island are bountiful…

  • hate

    “You think a reporter could really go up to the president and ask him some shit off the record and then turn around and print it in the newspaper. You could probably get tossed in Gitmo a long time ago”

    word bol, i agree completely

    being from upstate ny, and spending the last 10 years of my 22 year-old life smokin everyday, i can tell you this:

    THE PIGS UP HERE DON’T REALLY GIVE TWO FUCK ABOUT GREEN…. BUT…..

    IF THEY APPROACH YOU AND YOU ACT LIKE A LITTLE BITCH, THEY’LL PROLLY SEARCH YOU AND ARREST YOU, JUST TO MAKE THEMSELVES FEEL TOUGH.

    BOTTOM LINE: DON’T EVER LET THE FUCK PO LICE IMTIMIDATE YOU. THEY AIN’T SHIT. AND AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT MOVIN YOUR STRAIGHT.

    far as gettin busted goes, i know ppl who got popped with pounds they’re first time, and that shit was still just a fine. NY’s way more worried about hard drugs than the herb

  • 206

    In Seattle if you have less than an ounce its legal as long as your not smoking in public or have the intent to sell. An inititive was passed by the citizens here that Weed is the the lowest crime priority for the SPD.

  • Master Cheef

    good looking out, fellas. shit still a while away, but I know one of my xxl-potnas gone hook a nigga up when he touch down. n/h to touch down.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    I almost got busted when my weed pipe fell out its’ pouch and I couldn’t spot it in the dark. Otherwise I could have negotiated with the cop, but having a weed pipe out and about in your ride makes you look like you just piped up. Luckily, I had the windows down for a while so he didn’t smell anything and I was smoking some good shit that didn’t fuck my eyes up too bad. He gave me a speeding ticket and I was on my way. Later I found the pipe wedged between my seat and the center console. Sketchy.

    Anyway, watch how accessible that shit is while you’re driving because you don’t want to be on the side of the road for 30 minutes leaving your fate up to some tight-wad prick’s judgment call.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • Church

    Boo Hoo Bol you fat retard.

    Hey guess what Chubs, marijuana is a drug, and it is illegal. If you want to avoid getting arrested, how bout you grow the fuck up and stop smoking the herb?

    Don’t people smoke weed when they are like 16?

    Obama dissed Kanye because he IS a jackass (no hate though, I’m a huge fan, but being a great artist doesn’t preclude you from jackassery)

    Grow up Bol, dayum

  • latino heat

    out here in Cali. i’ve seen the cops make you grind your weed into the concrete with your foot in front of them and they’ll let you go. i think the cops know that hurts worse than a fine. plus they don’t want to be bothered with the paper work for some weed.

    as long as you have your Cannabis Card out here your good to go though.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Yep Yep!

  • giantstepp

    “Here’s how it works: A cop will see you walking down the street, and he’ll figure you’ve probably got weed on you, because you’re not at work and you’re wearing a silly outfit. So, he’ll stop you and ask you if you have anything you’re not supposed to have. And he’ll lie and tell you that, if you do have something, and you don’t pull it out of your pocket now, the consequences will be way worse. So you pull a dime bag of weed out of your pocket, and, bam, your ass is going to jail.”

    LMAO!! You a damn fool Bol!

  • caino

    Over my way, tha police usually aint to fussed about the Herb, way more interested in heroin and the like! They either take it off you for themselves or let you keep it. But l’m in Glasgow the Junkie capital of Europe, where its easier to inject in yo veins than smoke your worries away, shits retarded.

  • http://daily-math.com Combat Jack

    Dude, I can tell how, under all the humor, you’re really serious about educating cats. Bol the philanthropist.