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Mayor de Blasio said Sunday that the scent of legal weed is in the air — and he wants New Yorkers to feel free to blaze away in public without fear of getting tossed in jail.
In an unexpected announcement, City Hall said Hizzoner was eager to see the NYPD stop busting pot smokers and instead hand out summonses for sidewalk toking.
The article goes on to state the following:
“With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is critical our city plans for the public safety, health and financial consequences involved,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“While I still have real concerns we must work through, it isn’t difficult to see where this is headed and any responsible policymaker must prepare for that eventuality.”
“My focus now will be helping to craft the critical regulatory framework that must come before legalization is realized,” he added.
De Blasio’s remarks came less than a week after he gave the NYPD 30 days to come up with a plan to stop “unnecessary” arrests involving pot.
That directive marked an about-face from the mayor’s previous insistence that city wouldn’t act unless state lawmakers did so first.
All NYPD officers weren’t impressed, according to the report:
But a high-ranking NYPD source predicted the mayor’s proposal would prove disastrous.
“I just think it sucks,” the police official said.
“They’ll be standing in the lobby of the housing projects smoking weed with little kids walking by. It’s ridiculous because they’ll think they can smoke anywhere.”
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