NYPD Ordered to Halt Marijuana Arrests
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the city’s police to stop arresting people caught smoking marijuana in public. This is part of a 30-day review of the city’s marijuana enforcement policies, announced by de Blasio last week. The mayor has promised that a sweeping ‘overhaul’ will soon be forthcoming.
Major changes are already afoot. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has said his office will halt prosecution of marijuana possession and smoking cases on August 1. Meanwhile, an NYPD working group is reviewing department policies on marijuana enforcement and will present a set of recommendations within 30 days.
De Blasio believes legalization of recreational marijuana is an inevitability. The latest polls show 63% of New York residents favor ending the prohibition on pot.