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Mayor of New York has demanded from the police to stop arrests for smoking marijuana in public places

And instead, confine yourself to a summons to the court.

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blazio, demanded from the local police authorities not to arrest people for smoking marijuana in public places, instead handing them a summons to the court.

The New York Police created a working group to study laws and internal rules. The Department undertook to submit recommendations to the mayor in the next 30 days. According to the promises of the authorities, the changes, no matter what they are, will take effect until the end of the summer.

Under the law, smoking marijuana in a public place threatens to arrest and prosecute. In some states, including New York, the criminal penalty for storage in small quantities has been abolished. In 29 states, including New York, it is not considered a violation of the sale of marijuana for medical reasons. In nine states you can smoke it for entertainment purposes. At the federal level in the US, marijuana is considered a drug, and its storage and smoking are not allowed.

In 2017, the Manhattan police committed about 5.5 thousand arrests for smoking or possession of a small amount of marijuana.

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