How A Small-Time Marijuana Arrest Has Devastated A Great Teacher’s Life

NEW YORK:  Think that pot is heading toward legalization? Not in New York City, where police are cracking down on marijuana possession. These arrests are devastating lives. This is the story of what happened to one beloved public school teacher.

“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.” — Alberto Willmore

Willmore’s story is a common one under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, as marijuana arrests have soared over the past 12 years. In fact, more people are arrested for possession than any other crime, and 85 percent of those arrested are black or latino.