City leaders agree on easing marijuana arrest law
The cops and politicans are on the same page: Arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana could be useless.
City Councilman Jim Kenney, who proposed a bill in January that would end the requirement to arrest offenders in possession of under an ounce of pot, headed the Committee on Law & Government meeting in council chambers Monday.
Francis Healy, representing Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, testified that the commissioner is open to the change and said it’s a good idea for all parties involved to sit down and the discuss the proposal.
“Custodial arrests should not be required in the typical case of possession of a small amount of marijuana,” Healy said.
Under Kenney’s legislation, the offender would still be sent to the district attorney’s “Small Amount of Marijuana” program, which includes a three-hour drug abuse class and a $300 fine.
The bill was passed by the committee, and will go before council on Thursday for its first reading.
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