New York City May Finally Address Its Cannabis-Arrest Catastrophe


Activists and advocates march down Broadway in Manhattan during the 2018 Cannabis Parade and Rally in New York City. (Credit: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) After decades of advocacy and protest, ample millions of life-altering arrests and incarcerations, and billions of dollars and human-hours wasted, NYC residents may soon see some relief in how the Big Apple treats cannabis users of color here in the nation’s consumption capital. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the New York Police Department (NYPD) intends to reform its cannabis enforcement policies over the next month. “We must end unnecessary arrests and end disparity in enforcement,” de Blasio commented on Twitter. According to a statement by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which represents the city’s largest borough, the office will no longer file charges in most marijuana possession and smoking cases, but with “limited exceptions” as relating to public safety.  District Attorney Cy Vance commented, “The dual mission of the Manhattan DA’s Office is a safer New York and a more equal justice system New York City May Finally Address Its Cannabis-Arrest Catastrophe

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