NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s new policy, which takes effect today, to decline to prosecute most marijuana possession and smoking cases:

“The police can’t police what prosecutors won’t prosecute. With his new marijuana policy today, District Attorney Vance is using his authority and discretion to make our justice system fairer, while preventing expensive and needless incarceration. I encourage all of the city’s District Attorneys to follow DA Vance’s lead and put an end to prosecution of marijuana cases in New York City.”