Just when a lot people advocated for a sharp crackdown on marijuana, things are looking up, especially in the city of New York. Rather than pounce on people because of their smoking habits, it appears that the NYPD are becoming a bit more lax in their approach to cracking down on weed carriers.
According to the New York Post, arrests in New York over weed have dipped dramatically. To be concise, number of arrests have dropped by a staggering 40%. While this may make things a bit easier for folks to sleep at night, don’t misconstrue the fact that weed is still in fact illegal. In fact, you can still be arrested.
As long as you’re not carrying over 25 grams of weed, you’re definitely safe for the most part. You won’t be arrested, but you will be slapped with a ticket of $250.
According to the Post, over 13,000 people were caught with 25 grams or less and were simply slapped with tickets. Even though the new law is a bit kinder to folks who enjoy an occasional puff, cops — especially in the Bronx — are dishing out tickets left and right.
It has been reported that over 415 tickets have been issued in the 45th Precinct in the Bronx, while 720 have been distributed in the 52nd Precinct. Moral of the story, you can smoke, but always be cautious because you can still do some time for smoking that grime.
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