A New York Metropolis district lawyer introduced that his workplace will principally cease prosecuting folks for possessing or smoking marijuana to deal with the racial distinction in marijuana enforcement, the Tampa Bay Instances stories.
Manhattan district lawyer Cyrus Vance Jr. stated on Tuesday that beginning Aug. 1 his workplace would make the change apart from processing circumstances that “demonstrated public security issues.”
“The twin mission of the Manhattan D.A.’s workplace is a safer New York and a extra equal justice system,” he stated. “The continuing arrest and legal prosecution of predominantly black and brown New Yorkers for smoking marijuana serve neither of those objectives.”
Cyrus added marijuana prosecutions would dip from round 5,000 to 200, per Tampa Bay Instances.
His announcement got here the identical day as New York Metropolis’s Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated that the police division would revise its marijuana enforcement insurance policies within the subsequent 30 days.
“We should and we’ll finish pointless arrests and finish disparity in enforcement,” de Blasio stated at a convention of the Heart for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
The New York Instances reported that Black folks in New York Metropolis are eight instances extra doubtless to be arrested for low-level marijuana offenses than Whites, which is analogous to the Federal fee.
Round 87 % of individuals arrested for pot in NYC are black and Hispanic, per Tampa Bay Instances.
“We’ve got received to proceed to drive down the arrests,” de Blasio stated on Monday “We’ve received to have a look at different coverage modifications that may assist us do this. I don’t settle for disparity. I actually don’t.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo hinted that New York state might loosen marijuana restrictions saying that the “details have modified.”
His about-face comes after his Democratic major opponent, Cynthia Nixon, got here out in assist of legalizing pot largely due to the racial disparity.
“We’ve got to cease placing folks of colour in jail for one thing that white folks do with impunity,” Nixon stated in a marketing campaign video final month.