Brooklyn DA stands by campaign promise to change marijuana policy

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New Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is moving forward with a campaign pledge to change marijuana possession policy.
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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.

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