New York City will overhaul its marijuana policies in the next 30 days, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
His pledge comes as data reveals the enforcement of laws disproportionately impacts communities of color. Last year, 86 percent of those arrested for low-level marijuana possession were black and Hispanic.
“The NYPD will overhaul and reform its policies related to marijuana enforcement within the next 30 days,” de Blasio said in Washington at a conference Tuesday afternoon. “We must and we will end unnecessary arrests and end disparity in enforcement. It’s time for those to be a thing of the past, in New York City and all over this country.”