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NYPD memo tells officers not to stop New Yorkers smoking cannabis in public

A recent memorandum from the New York Police Department (NYPD) advises officers not to stop residents who are smoking marijuana in public.

The memo shared with The Hill on Friday outlines how officers are to approach the drug after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed recreational weed into law for adults aged 21 and over on Wednesday.

Under the law, residents can have up to 3 ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate on them outside of their homes.

It says that smoking marijuana in places such as sidewalks, on front stops and other public places “is not a basis for an approach, stop, summons, arrest or, search.”

The policy also specifies that the smell of pot alone, whether or not it is burnt, “no longer establishes probable cause of a crime to search a vehicle.”

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Jordan Williams on The Hill

Published: April 05, 2021

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