Proposal to Limit Prosecutions of Marijuana Cases in Brooklyn


Kenneth P. Thompson

Michael Nagle for The New York Times


The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month.

The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders. His office is also participating in a task force looking into placing 16- and 17-year-olds who commit low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors, like scrawling graffiti or aggressively riding bicycles on sidewalks, into a short behavioral program, rather than the court system.

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  • Mark K Nordsletten

    Every time we have the opportunity to eliminate, and reduce, criminal prosecutions of marijuana related offenses we should seriously consider giving our full support. Particularly when we are talking about low level offenses. Having kids sketch out the impact that going to jail would have on them and their families, before a judge, sounds more effective than incarceration. These kids might also provide ideas on improving the laws surrounding them. I’m also unsure how a confidential policy proposal from the D.A. Kenneth P. Thompson, to the New York Police Department, was made public, LOL.