NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving toward a new policy regarding marijuana.
A spokesman confirmed to CBS2 on Sunday night that de Blasio will be directing the police to stop arresting people for smoking marijuana in public, and to give out summonses instead.READ MORE: Jessica Beauvais Indicted In Crash That Killed NYPD Det. Anastasio Tsakos
That policy change will be part of a 30-day review the mayor announced last week to “overhaul and reform” enforcement and racial disparity in marijuana arrests.READ MORE: Pop-Up Sites At Transit Hubs To Offer Commuters COVID Vaccines As FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Children 12-15
De Blasio also plans to create a task force of officials to begin laying the groundwork for full legalization. The mayor, who has long opposed making marijuana recreational, now thinks legalization is inevitable.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Tourist Stabbed With Screwdriver At Lower Manhattan Subway Station
Please stay with CBSNewYork.com on Monday morning for more in this developing story