Posted in NYC | music on April 24, 2014

busted

4/20 was Sunday and now comes more good news for marijuana smokers in one of NYC's five boroughs: The NY Post reports that Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a memo to the NYPD that his office will no long­er prosecute people caught with small amounts of pot, or caught smoking it in public:

In a move that directly bucks the Police Department's own policy and that of other DAs in the city, Brooklyn prosecutors will be directing cops to free the defendants, seal their cases and destroy their fingerprint file, according to a memo sent the NYPD and obtained by The Post.

"The goal of this new policy is to ensure that the resources of this office are allocated in a manner that most enhances public safety, and individuals, especially young people of color, do not become unfairly burdened and stigmatized by involvement in the criminal-justice system...

...Even when the defendant is issued a [desk-appearance ticket] (sparing him or her the daunting holding-cell experience), that defendant still must make sure that he or she appears in court on the DAT arraignment date -- a trip to the courthouse and a wait in the courtroom that may eat up most of a day,'' the memo says. - [NY Post]

This applies to defendants with clean (or mostly clean) criminal records and no outstanding warrants, and if the charge is a Class B misdemeanor pot possession (aka less than 25 grams of weed).

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Comments (30)

CRUNCHY

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:28 PM

'Dope'

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:32 PM

POTUSA

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:33 PM

If you are dumb enough to smoke in public, you should get arrested. Can't it wait?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:39 PM

'reefer.'

Posted by beast | April 24, 2014 3:39 PM

It's about time NY!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:41 PM

Brooklyn, I love you, but not as much as I love weed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:43 PM

Hey 3:39 if you're dumb enough to draw breath, hopefully you inhale some toxic fumes and your brain rots and you die a horrible death :)

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:44 PM

I'm gonna get stoned as fuck at CityFest.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 3:55 PM

this will surely make us more competitive with china.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 4:07 PM

AS IT SHOULD BE

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 4:11 PM

Legalize decks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 4:19 PM

>>Hey 3:39 if you're dumb enough to draw breath, hopefully you inhale some toxic fumes and your brain rots and you die a horrible death :)


Hey, 3:39. If you're dumb enough to draw breath, hopefully you inhale some toxic fumes, your brain rots and you die a horrible death. :)

There, friend, I fixed that for you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 4:21 PM

Can I get a deck of weed?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 5:16 PM

A comma-splice comeback for real? Wait, I mean, for real?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 5:38 PM

Non toker here but I'd like to commemorate this milestone with a great giant FUCK YOU to the various bottom feeders of the NYPD. Guess this will free up more time for these worthless lard asses to get their doughnut fix in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 5:42 PM

lol, but if everyone be smokin the lines for doughnuts will be huuuuuuge

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 6:04 PM

The message this sends is sad. People in bk who smoke weed and get arrested need help, not a free pass. What kind of half-wit gets arrested?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 7:34 PM

I'm all for this, but 25 grams of weed on you? Who carries nearly an ounce on them??

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 7:35 PM

^ Canadians, that's who.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 7:59 PM

weed makes you lazy and stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 9:02 PM

Dope is for dopes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 9:16 PM

Weed is for pussies. Real men shoot dope.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 9:45 PM

Great, more hacky sack hippies stinking up the city.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 10:31 PM

Dealers, that's who.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 10:38 PM

Unless you're black, that is.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 11:35 PM

Shoot weed all day

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:52 AM

Rand Paul 2016!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 4:35 AM

NY weed is dogshit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 8:54 AM

I wish that I can attend shows like this

Posted by Lor | May 6, 2014 6:43 AM

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