NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement after Manhattan DA Cy Vance and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced forthcoming policy changes with respect to marijuana prosecution:
“I commend DA Vance and DA Gonzalez for taking this important step to combat the unjust racial disparities with marijuana enforcement and prosecution, and look forward to seeing the new policies in their final form. Ultimately, the police won’t police what prosecutors won’t prosecute. Declining to prosecute more low-level marijuana cases will make our justice system fairer and help prevent unnecessary and expensive incarceration.”
Council Member Lancman yesterday called on the city’s DAs to refuse to prosecute low-level marijuana possession cases.