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De Blasio, Who Opposes Legalizing Marijuana, Vows to Relax Police Enforcement

  • Arrests are down but they disproportionately affect minorities
  • Leaders want the mayor and police commissioner to end arrests
Inside The PharmaCielo Ltd. Medical Marijuana Facility
Photographer: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of few New York politicians who has opposed marijuana legalization, promised to relax police enforcement after facing increasing pressure to address racial disparities in pot arrests.

De Blasio, a self-described progressive, vowed to “overhaul and reform” city police policies within the next 30 days. He made the announcement Tuesday during a speech at a conference in Washington hosted by the Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress, without providing details.