New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to instruct the New York Police Department to stop arrests of New Yorkers smoking weed in public while additionally forming a task force to ease what he sees as an inevitable full legalization of recreational marijuana.
De Blasio will direct the NYPD to hand out summonses to people caught smoking pot by officers in public areas across the city, but not arrest them, aides told the New York Daily News Sunday.
The move is partially a follow-up on his announcement last week to “overhaul and reform” enforcement that has created a wide racial disparity in marijuana arrests. But de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, both critics of legalization, appear to be preparing the entire state for a legalization of marijuana they see as an inevitable policy shift regardless of their actions.
NYC MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO PREPARING CITY FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION, INSTRUCTS NYPD TO HALT ARRESTS
NYC Mayor De Blasio Tells Police To End Arrests For Marijuana Smoking. (5 June 2018)
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