New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hopeful that the NYPD will be able to make changes to their marijuana policies by next month.
The Police Department has been restricted from arresting New York residents smoking pot in public areas.
The current policy does not restrict the arrests or the fingerprinting process. However, the new policy would allow small marijuana possession offenses to only warrant a summons followed by a court appearance.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance explained that end result should be a safer New York and a more equal justice system.
“The dual mission of the Manhattan DA’s office is a safer New York and a more equal justice system, the ongoing arrest and criminal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serves neither of these goals.”
In addition, a special task force has been formed to assist in the unavoidable legalization of recreational marijuana.
Once the change has been made by NYPD, prosecution of marijuana possession should come to an end starting August 1st.
However, the changes to the NYPD’s police, will not affect smoking marijuana in public until after summer