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NYPD Unveils New Policy to “Reduce Unnecessary Marijuana Arrests”

June 21, 2018  | 

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said in a joint announcement that beginning in September, New Yorkers found smoking pot in public will face criminal summonses instead of arrest.

“The new policy builds on previous efforts by Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD to strike a balance on marijuana enforcement between fairness and safety,” they said in a written announcement.

According to NYPD projections, the new policy will likely reduce overall marijuana arrests in New York City by about 10,000 per year based on 2017 arrest records and patterns.

New Yorkers will still be subject to arrest if they are on probation or parole, if they have existing criminal warrants, don't have identification, have a recent documented history of violence, or their smoking poses an immediate public safety risk — such as while driving a car.

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William @ 6/21/2018 2:35 PM

Stupid decision for many reasons, the main one it spits on the graves of all the law enforcement officers killed enforcing the law that they are changing, and what’s worse is the police officers not fighting it,a summons takes away many tools to help in enforcing other charges as well

db in AZ @ 6/21/2018 3:22 PM

Just like the Opium War in China 130 years ago with Britain controlling the population by keeping them subdued, it's now a new tactic by progressive libtards to control their voters in NYC and Kalifornia, etc. How is this going to curtail D.U.I. when there isn't a spot test available? Complete Loonasy running amok.

Ok then @ 6/21/2018 4:48 PM

Why waste time using the legislative process when you can arbitrarily decide what laws can be enforced.

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