New ‘Toke’ City: Cops Given Order to Let People Smoke Weed in Public
A new smell will combine the smell of feces and urine on the streets of New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed a new measure legalizing the recreational use, sale and cultivation of marijuana. Shortly thereafter, a four-page memo was distributed to law enforcement agencies explaining how to enforce the state’s new law. In the case of the new marijuana law, enforcement is more about what not to do.
Police must now light up and smoke adults in public and ignore any weed exchange unless it is money. Vehicle searches based on the smell of marijuana are no longer allowed. Cops are also not allowed to “approach, stop, or hold” a probation officer for smoking or possession of a pot, “even if they know the ex-cheater shouldn’t aim high,” reports Fox News.
Instead, they must “notify the appropriate probation officers” in order to enforce conditions for the prisoner’s release. Adults aged 21 and over are legally allowed to smoke weeds “almost everywhere where smoking cigarettes is permitted, including on sidewalks, on front trestles and in other places”. The memo notes that smoking “is not a basis for an approach, stop, subpoena, arrest, or search in any of these locations.”
An NYPD police officer said this could be disastrous for the public safety of New York citizens. “We always say, ‘Drugs are weapons. If you smelled grass, you could run over a car. You can’t pull them over now … that’s bad, especially with all the gun violence. “
The police officer referred to the new policy that if a driver appears wasted or smells like weeds and admits they have “recently smoked” the passenger compartment of the vehicle can be searched but the trunk cannot be searched unless the Official developed a separate likely cause for this I believe the trunk contains evidence of a crime (e.g. a gun recovered from under the driver’s seat). “