For anyone thinking about purchasing recreational greenery, be sure add a small scale to your shopping list; in Brooklyn, carrying less than 25 grams of marijuana is now officially decriminalized.
District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that the trendy New York City borough will not prosecute those found in possession of the substance in small amounts, which is in keeping with his campaign platform. Thompson’s camp cites the unnecessary money and time it takes to try defendants, especially considering about two-thirds of marijuana cases end up being dismissed. Instead, it will be treated as a minor indiscretion and carry a $100 fine. This announcement is propelled by last week’s momentum of Gov. Andrew Cuomo legalizing the medical use of marijuana, making New York the 23rd state to enact such a law.
Decriminalizing the ownership of small amounts of the drug may be particularly beneficial to young adults entering college. In a study conducted by the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions, it was concluded that arrests records hinder the chances of applicants being admitted, even though higher education is one of the most effective deterrents of future unlawful behavior. Since roughly 25% of Americans between the ages of 18-25 admit to using marijuana within a twelve month span, hindering the soci0-economic progression of those caught with it is biased, according to the CCA.
This new policy does come with fine print: those found with marijuana even in small amounts will be prosecuted depending on the content of his or her previous arrest record. For example, those with a history of violence or DUI’s are considered to be potentially dangerous if under the influence and will face legal repercussions. Also, teens found with marijuana will be subject to a program directed by the adolescent court.
For those not familiar with the metric system and wanting to avoid trouble, 25 grams equates to less than one ounce; one ounce of the plant can create up to 60 marijuana cigarettes.
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