De Blasio to NYPD: stop arrests for pot smoking | Manhattan Times

De Blasio has ordered a halt to arrests for
marijuana smoking. (Photo: Ed Reed)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the New York Police Department (NYPD) to stop arresting New Yorkers who are caught smoking marijuana in public.

On Sunday, the mayor informed the police to instead issue summonses for public marijuana smoking.
“With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is critical our city plans for the public safety, health, and financial consequences involved,” said de Blasio in a statement.

“While I still have real concerns we must work through, it isn’t difficult to see where this is headed and any responsible policymaker must prepare for that eventuality. My focus now will be helping to craft the critical regulatory framework that must come before legalization is realized.”

Currently, NYPD officers can arrest New Yorkers for smoking pot in public, while possession of small amounts of marijuana can lead to a summons.

Read more: De Blasio to NYPD: stop arrests for pot smoking | Manhattan Times

Related:

Minorities targeted for pot arrests | Bronx Free Press

The NYPD’s Own Statistics Reveal a Troubling Trend in the NYPD’s Marijuana Enforcement | Mic

Time Travel Tuesdays: Marijuana Stash That Carried Little Risk | NY Times

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