NYC Relaxes Response To Marijuana Possession

NEW YORK:  Elected officials and activists in New York are reacting positively to the city’s new policy that loosens how it treats people found in possession of marijuana.

Many had earlier said that young minority males often were the subject of arrests for marijuana possession, and asserted that punishment for what they considered a relatively minor crime could often affect a person’s entire future.

“In light of the fact that there have been a disproportionate amount of blacks and browns subjected to low level marijuana arrests, as well as the fact that many cities around the country are legalizing marijuana use, it is timely for the City of New York to revise its policies,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a New York City-based activist, in a statement.

Starting Nov. 19, anyone found with less than 25 grams of the drug on them will be issued a summons rather than being arrested, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The only caveat is there must not be a warrant out for the person’s arrest and they must not be found near a location that presents extra concern, such as a school, according to the city.