Manhattan to scrap majority of pot prosecutions

Manhattan District Attorney Will No Longer Prosecute Minor Marijuana Cases

Manhattan District Attorney Will No Longer Prosecute Minor Marijuana Cases

It is part of a wider effort by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NY police department to review how law enforcement deals with low-level marijuana crime.

The district attorney's office in Manhattan, New York City's largest borough, will no longer file charges against defendants in most marijuana possession and smoking cases, the office announced on Tuesday.

The Manhattan district attorney's office, which previous year made a decision to lighten penalties for some marijuana offenders, would decline to prosecute all but several hundred low-level marijuana cases annually under the plan, with some exceptions for people with serious criminal histories, a second official said. The report said the difference can not entirely be attributed to more residents in predominantly black neighborhoods calling police to complain about marijuana.

"We must and we will end unnecessary arrests and end disparity in enforcement", de Blasio said at a conference of the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. "It's time for those to be a thing of the past in New York City and all over this country". "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". Research has found no good evidence that marijuana arrests are associated with reductions in serious crime in New York City.

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 dual mission of the Manhattan DA's office is a safer NY and a more equal justice system", saidMr.

The NYPD said they had not yet developed a specific plan to change enforcement, and would spend the next month producing one.


Following the mayor's announcement, the NYPD said it would consult experts, advocates, and other outside groups during a 30-day policy review. "We need an honest assessment about why they exist, and balance it in the context of the public safety needs of all communities".

Last week, Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger were joined by organizations and groups dedicated to criminal justice reform, civil rights, and public health as they stood in support of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), a bill that would legalize the production, distribution, and use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21.

Red Hook in Brooklyn had 88 calls to 311 and 911, but 246 arrests.

"Now the grandchild of stop-and-frisk is marijuana arrests based on race", Sharpton said. "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.

On the state level, Gov. Andrew Cuomo commissioned a study on legalization earlier this year. However, these days it's becoming legal in some states.

Sharpton said he disagreed with the use of the term "reparations", but agreed with the overall point. We've heard legislators who are considering it.

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