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NYPD to Cease Low-Level Weed Possession Arrests and Issue Tickets Instead

November 11, 2014  | 

In a historic change, NYPD officers on Nov. 19 will stop arresting people on low-level marijuana charges and issue them tickets instead, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Monday.

People caught smoking on the street would still wind up in the pokey, however, but someone caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana would be slapped with a noncriminal violation. “As for those who want to avoid summonses, don’t do it; it’s that simple,” Bratton said at a press conference at NYPD headquarters, holding up a baggie of oregano as a visual aid. “It’s still against the law. I’m not giving out get-out-of-jail-for-free cards.”

If found guilty, a first-time violator would face a fine of $100; for a second offense, a fine of $250 could apply, a high-ranking police source told the Daily News.

Mayor de Blasio, who made curtailing the NYPD’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic a central campaign pledge, said the new policy would be more fair. “Too many New Yorkers without any prior convictions have been arrested for low-level marijuana possession,” he said. “Blacks and Latino communities have been disproportionately affected.”


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Ima Leprechaun @ 11/11/2014 4:24 PM

Ohio decriminalized possession of less than 100 grams of Marihuana way back in the late 1970's to a fine and no jail time and no criminal record. It works very well and has saved millions of dollars in prisoner housing costs for a minor infraction.

kevCopAz @ 11/12/2014 2:31 PM

Wait and see all the progress made in the crime rate thru "broken window policies" will all be reversed by this current Mayor. I hope all NYC folks enjoy the weed nd the guns that will be all over due to this Mayor's policies. Hope you enjoy the DUI raise and the rise in gun violence.

You deserve it for voting that clown into office.

krisnlc @ 11/13/2014 10:40 AM

KevCopAz... i dont know what he did with the gun policies... but... I always am amazed at how we in the law enforcement community are so opposed to gun control laws...although we face that violence every day in our jobs.

It does not make sense.

I am not for gun control...howevever no gun control also means more guns in the public being faced by officers every day in their daily duties.

As far as marijuana... it is far less dangerous than alcohol. alchohol has been the base for many a violent and dangerous circumstances...marijuana matches this because it is a commodity used in criminal activity...decriminalize it and suddenly alot of this behavior becomes unnecessary.

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