NYPD Memo On Marijuana Warns Against Some Arrests
NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly issues memo reminding force not to arrest for small amounts of marijuana unless possession is in public view.
Amid criticism about the way New York City police officers enforce marijuana laws, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly issued a memo to commanders this week reiterating that officers are not to arrest people who have small amounts of marijuana in their possession unless it is in public view. The New York Legislature decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in the 1970s, making possession of 25 grams or less a violation of the law that in most cases would not bring a jail sentence. But possessing even small amounts of marijuana in public view remains a misdemeanor.