“Yesterday’s New York Times analysis of NYPD data elicited from a Council hearing held in February draws the same conclusion as analyses by the Daily News and Politico: marijuana enforcement is not correlated to community complaints, but rather to the race and ethnicity of those arrested, and blacks and Latinos are arrested at rates far higher than whites. The city’s enforcement practices unfairly target people of color and divert essential resources away from combating serious crime.

It’s time for the city’s five District Attorneys to refuse to prosecute individuals arrested for low-level marijuana possession and treat smoking in public as a violation, not a misdemeanor. Our prosecutors should step in where the Mayor and Police Department have failed and put an end to this injustice.”