It was unclear whether district attorneys in other boroughs are considering similar measures.In Staten Island, the district attorney’s office declined to comment. Clark, called for the State Legislature to decriminalize marijuana.“Decriminalization would ensure fairness for residents of the Bronx and throughout New York State,” Ms. “The piecemeal approach to enforcing marijuana laws county by county creates disparity and will not change the underlying fact that marijuana is still illegal.”A spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney, Richard A.
The drug has been legalized in nine states and Washington, D.
Vance said during an interview at his office this week. It can prevent you from going to the police to report other crimes for fear that you’re going to be picked up.
If you are an immigrant, you also run the risk of deportation.“When folks say this is crazy and New York City is going to hell in a handbasket, we are not.
The following month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Police Department would cut down on arrests for publicly smoking by more than half and give people summonses instead, but would continue to arrest some individuals who have past arrests or convictions. When asked about the programs announced by the district attorneys in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Mr.
de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice said it would review the initiatives.
In the past three years, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white people, and Hispanic people were arrested at five times the rate of white people.