Last year, the use of medical marijuana was made legal, and the police announced that they would not arrest people possessing 25 grams or less of cannabis. Although it is still a misdemeanor offense and although dispensaries have not yet opened, it seems New Yorkers are getting more brazen with where and when they are sparking up.
It seems like the smell of marijuana is wafting across NYC the same way legalization is spreading across the nation. The number of arrests for criminal possession of marijuana has been cut by in half from 2014 to 2015. The policy to end stop-and-frisk policing may have also have contributed to this drop in drug arrests. Maybe it’s the smell of gentrification, or maybe it’s just the scent of change. Either way, it smells positive to us.
Read the full article by the New York Times here.
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