New York City to stop arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses

New York City to stop arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses

Vance's office said the move could reduce Manhattan marijuana prosecutions from about 5,000 per year to about 200 per year - a 96 percent reduction.

Although Manhattan will be ending the majority of its prosecutions, it is requesting the city to present limited exceptions with regard to public safety for prosecution. "The ongoing arrest and criminal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serves neither of these goals", Vance said in a prepared statement.

The findings follow an article published Sunday at the New York Times that found that over a period of three years, black people in New York were eight times more likely to face arrest for low-level marijuana charges.

The department argued that was because they make arrests in neighborhoods where residents call to complain - but as the Daily News first reported, the NYPD's data on 911 and 311 calls cast doubt on those claims.

De Blasio announced Tuesday that in the next 30 days the NYPD will overhaul and reform its policies related to marijuana enforcement.

"At the same time, I took an oath to uphold the laws of the state of NY, and ultimately, this is an issue that should be decided in a more thoughtful and comprehensive way by the state Legislature, and not as a rushed reaction to the top news headlines of the day". However, she recently got into hot bong water for suggesting that affirmative action in the distribution of licenses to sell the drug legally could be a form of reparations for the high number of marijuana arrests in black communities.

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Following the mayor's announcement, the NYPD said it would consult experts, advocates, and other outside groups during a 30-day policy review. That brought down the number of arrests significantly, but the racial gap persisted. "We must and we will end unnecessary arrests and end disparity in enforcement - it's time for those to be a thing of the past, in New York City and all over this country".

The announcement came as the mayor and the NYPD has come under fire for racial bias in marijuana arrests. "When people are being forced to miss work or miss out on time with their family over a low level marijuana arrest, something is very wrong with our public policy".

The report found that law enforcement targets black and Hispanics at higher rates for low-level marijuana offenses than whites.

In his speech Tuesday, de Blasio promised changes were coming. "We need an honest assessment about why they exist, and balance it in the context of the public safety needs of all communities". "Ultimately, the best way to address the disparities and challenges posed by prohibition is to create a system to tax and regulate marijuana that will reinvest in communities that have been most harmed by the marijuana arrest crusade", Frederique continued.

Sharpton said the disparity was especially shocking in a city that proved that the crime rate could still be kept down after eliminating stop and frisk. Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the left in the Democratic primary, has made marijuana legalization a central plank of her campaign platform.

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