NYPD Told to Stop Arresting People for a Little Bit of Private Pot

A new internal operations memo from New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly orders officers to stop arresting people carrying small amounts of marijuana, as long as it’s not out in the open. Under New York law, pot possession up to 25 grams is a criminal offense only if it is being burned or in plain view; whereas, if the drug is concealed, the violation is simply a ticketable offense. Kelly’s note this week reminds officers that if they take out the drugs during a search or demand that someone empty their pockets, it should not result in an arrest.
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