New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week told the NYPD not to arrest people for smoking marijuana in public and instead give them a summons.
The policy will be part of a 30-day review of the racial disparity in marijuana arrests, the New York Daily News reported.
“With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is critical our city plans for the public safety, health and financial consequences involved,” De Blasio said in a statement. “While I still have real concerns we must work through, it isn’t difficult to see where this is headed, and any responsible policymaker must prepare for that eventuality. My focus now will be helping to craft the critical regulatory framework that must come before legalization is realized.”