New Policy Could Reduce Marijuana Possession Arrests

NEW YORK:  Police will stop arresting people for low-level possession of marijuana and will instead simply issue a summons, sources said.

The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio are prepared to initiate a change in policy that would drastically reduce the number of arrests for possession of pot, according to law-enforcement sources.

The department had already been halting its pot “buy and bust” operations, a crime-fighting staple that often led to gun seizures and arrests for outstanding warrants, The Post had earlier reported.

Sources said that the “powers that be,” including City Hall, wanted to see a decrease in arrests for pot because they have “disastrous consequences’’ on police relations with minorities.