Mayor Invoice de Blasio to Instruct NYPD to Cease Arresting New Yorkers for Marijuana

Assertion from the Drug Coverage Alliance and VOCAL-NY attributable to Kassandra Frederique (Drug Coverage Alliance) and Jeremy Saunders (VOCAL-NY)

The Every day Information is reporting that New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice De Blasio is creating an official job pressure to organize for when marijuana is legalized in New York and also will direct the NYPD to cease arresting individuals for marijuana; each public burning and low-level possession will obtain summonses solely underneath the coverage shift.

Under is an announcement from the Drug Coverage Alliance and VOCAL-NY.

“After many years of community-led efforts to scale back the harms attributable to racially-biased enforcement of marijuana prohibition, New York Metropolis seems poised to take one other step ahead to curb arrests additional. It’s important that the brand new NYPD coverage on marijuana–which Mayor de Blasio has so far not shared publicly–cannot embody carve outs primarily based on, for instance, prison file, or parole/probation standing; doesn’t present police with imprecise discretionary authority to arrest for “public security” justifications; and corrects quite than exacerbates the present concentrating on of Black and Latino New Yorkers by NYPD for marijuana summonses. With the Metropolis lastly acknowledging that implementing marijuana prohibition is futile, and strain from advocates to handle the legacy of racial disparities from enforcement, it’s the Metropolis’s responsibility to systematically handle the harms and collateral penalties of previous marijuana arrests – by file sealing and restoration of rights – and to make sure that implementation consists of revisions of regressive marijuana insurance policies at different Metropolis businesses comparable to NYCHA and Administration for Kids’s Providers (ACS).”    

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