NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to Mayor de Blasio’s new marijuana enforcement policy:
“The Mayor’s new marijuana enforcement policy is a marginal improvement, but a real missed opportunity to fundamentally change how the City polices marijuana possession and smoking.
“No one should be arrested for smoking marijuana, period. Further, the Mayor’s policy does not attempt to reduce criminal summonses at all, still allows arrests in circumstances that cannot be justified by public safety, will likely make marijuana policing even more discriminatory toward people of color, continues to expose noncitizens to deportation, and takes no steps to eliminate the collateral consequences which are in the City’s control.
“The legalization train in New York has left the station. The Mayor should get on it.
“In the meantime, our district attorneys should exercise their authority to decline to prosecute these low-level marijuana cases.”