New Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is moving forward with a campaign pledge to change marijuana possession policy. Credit: istockphoto
New Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is moving forward with a campaign pledge to change marijuana possession policy in the borough.
The office will soon treat possession of as much as 15 grams of marijuana as a violation with a fine instead of a misdemeanor.
Before he was elected, Thompson said that small possession cases clogged the criminal justice system.
Thompson also said last June that the racial disparity in Brooklyn marijuana arrests is a "wake-up call." A New York Civil Liberties Union report at the time found that black residents of the borough are nine times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.
A spokeswoman said Thursday that the DA will change the borough's policy "as soon as possible."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo planned to move for a statewide decriminalization of possession of small amounts of the drug in 2012 but reversed his position this week.