New York City Cannabis Arrests Drop 75%
Cannabis arrests in New York City are down over 75% in December compared to the same time last year. In total there were 460 cannabis arrests last month, compared to 1,820 in December, 2013. The arrest are down due to a change in the way the city handles minor cannabis possession cases, which was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in November.
“Since the inception of our policy in 2014, marijuana enforcement activity is trending down in all categories”, Deputy Chief Kim Royster told the Associated Press.
The new policy has police ticketing individuals if they’re found in possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis – even in public display – rather than arresting them and charging them with a misdemeanor. Consuming cannabis in public, however, remains an arrestable offense.