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City leaders agree on easing marijuana arrest law

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 and government meeting in council chambers Monday.

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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.

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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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