Marijuana Use Will No Longer Be Prosecuted In Manhattan

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Starting Wednesday, people who use or possess marijuana in Manhattan will not face prosecution. District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. laid out the policy change in a press release Tuesday, announcing his office’s intent to reduce cannabis prosecutions by 96 percent annually in the New York City borough. “Every day I ask our prosecutors to keep Manhattan safe and make our justice system more equal and fair,” Vance said. “The needless criminalization of pot smoking frustrates this core mission, so we are removing ourselves from the equation.” “Our research has found virtually no public safety rationale for the ongoing arrest and prosecution of marijuana smoking, and no moral justification for the intolerable racial disparities that underlie enforcement. Tomorrow, our Office will exit a system wherein smoking a joint can ruin your job, your college application, or your immigration status, but our advocacy will continue. I urge New York lawmakers to legalize and regulate marijuana once and for all.” The “decline to prosecute” policy was distributed to Manhattan district attorneys and the New York Police Department last week, according to the press release. Marijuana Use Will No Longer Be Prosecuted In Manhattan

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