NYC Won't Jail Those Caught With a Little Pot
They'll get a court appearance ticket instead, says mayor
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 4:00 PM CST
This photo taken at a grow house in Denver shows marijuana plants ready to be harvested.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – New York City is loosening up on how it treats those picked up with a small amount of marijuana, reports Daily Intel. No longer will they have to spend the night in jail—instead, they'll get a desk appearance ticket to return to court at a later date. "It's consistent with the law, it's the right thing to do, and it will allow us to target police resources where they're needed most," said Mayor Bloomberg in announcing the shift during his state-of-the-city address. He also backed Gov. Cuomo's push to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot.

Bloomberg, however, wasn't so flexible on another high-profile issue—the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policy, reports DNA Info. It works, said the mayor, and it's not going to stop. "I understand that innocent people don't like to be stopped. But innocent people don't like to be shot and killed, either." Click for the full text of his speech.

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Feb 15, 2013 9:17 AM CST
obviously people (innocent or guilty alike) do not prefer to be shot or killed but how does that statement correlate with marijuana possession. Bloomberg follows the formula of all power holders - play to subconscious human emotion [mostly fear and paranoia]. Death can come at any moment for us, but why do we fear that which is one of the many natural processes in this here life?..Because some guy told us too?
Feb 15, 2013 3:21 AM CST
December 1, 2013: Retailer licenses become effective in WA State -- enough said.
Feb 14, 2013 11:48 PM CST
NYPD crime"statistics" are bogus. All cops are doing are stopping people looking for fine-able misdemeanors while letting felons do what they will. Stop & frisk is a great waste of time but it does keep filling city coffers. Manhattan S. Narcotics Unit no longer pursues indoor drug trafficking. Stores selling coke & meth have been allowed to sell their dope unsullied for over a decade. MSN keeps the streets clear of drug traffickers for the sake of the tourist industry & to keep real estate values high but ignore hard drugs being made/sold/distributed from indoor locations. There is a crystal meth lab operating & distributing meth from the apt. below mine for > than 3 yrs., yet NYPD continues to ignore it. I've seen MSN cops jump out of a van to arrest pimply-faced kids smoking pot while the acrid fumes of acetic acid fill the air from 2 meth labs within 5 blocks of each other. "Police protection" in NYC is a farce. We haven't had a real police force since Bloomberg took over. Police corruption is from the top down, starting with Bloomberg, which is why nothing is ever done about it.