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The NYPD has been told to stop arresting people for using marijuana in public in New York City

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will officially instruct the New York Police Department to stop arresting people who use marijuana in public, the mayor announced Monday in a TV interview with NY 1's Errol Louis.


"With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is critical our city plans for the public safety, health, and financial consequences involved," he said.


He elaborated that the NYPD will switch to issuing summons to marijuana smokers instead of arresting them on the spot, which is the current policy. This directive comes out of a 30-day NYPD working group the mayor ordered to evaluate how it handles marijuana offenses.


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Because NYPD is so well-known for following instructions when told to stop arresting people for things, even when the thing they're arresting people for is actually legal.


June 2007:



Jill Coccaro, 27, was charged briefly with indecent exposure despite a 1992 state appeals court ruling that concluded women had the right to be topless if men were allowed to take off their shirts.


Coccaro, who now goes by the name Phoenix Feeley, bared her breasts on Aug. 4, 2005.


Feeley remained in custody for 12 hours before she was told prosecutors were not going to pursue charges.




May 2013:



Commanding officers of the New York Police Department reminded cops every morning for 10 days that women can go topless on city streets, according to the New York Times.




I'm pretty sure arrests for being legally topless didn't exactly come to a stop after that memo, either.

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In Austin they have greatly reduced the crime to something that is more a fine and can be removed from your record with community service. The Reasoning was that other states have already decriminalized it and this shouldn't be a crime that follows you around for the rest of your life.

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The current Harris Count district attorney instructed police to do the same last year and said the county would not prosecute low level possession charges anymore. Harris County DA covers around 4 million of the 6 million people in the Houston area.

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