Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses

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And he dismissed the notion that the arrests were “racially motivated.”But after the department and the mayor had for weeks defended the marijuana arrests, Mr. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | SubscribeRelated CoverageSurest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or HispanicMay 13, 2018ImageAdvertisement But they were the clearest signal yet from the city, as other states open marijuana dispensaries and Gov. O’Neill’s testimony on Monday, he said the police still needed to answer complaints from residents and business owners about people smoking marijuana outside. A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A20 of the New York edition with the headline: Marijuana Policy Change Is Said to Be Considered.

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Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses

ImageJames P. O’Neill, the police commissioner, told the City Council on Monday that he did not believe marijuana arrests were “racially motivated.”CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times

By Benjamin Mueller

May 14, 2018

The district attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn are weighing plans to stop prosecuting the vast majority of people arrested on marijuana charges, potentially curbing the consequences of a law that in New York City is enforced most heavily against black and Hispanic people.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office, which in 2014 decided to stop prosecuting many low-level marijuana cases, is considering expanding its policy so that more people currently subject to arrest on marijuana charges, including those who smoke outside without creating a public nuisance, would not be prosecuted, one official familiar with...

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