NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are more relaxed about marijuana because they proposed an idea that it would be better to issue summonses instead of arrests.
The NYPD has followed through with the new initiative starting November 19 and marijuana arrests have dropped by 40 percent, according to the New York Post. Marijuana is not yet legal in New York City or New York State, and if you’re caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana, you will receive a ticket or summons that could cost up to $250.
Arrests for weed are down, but ticketing is at an all time high. More than 13,000 were served with a summons and more than 16,000 people received tickets.
Source: New York Post