Some council members call to ease up on marijuana arrests

BROOKLYN - Some city council members are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ease up on low-level marijuana arrests saying current policies are racially biased and harm minority communities.

Several council members gathered on the steps of City Hall yesterday to push for a resolution to end the city's policy to decriminalize possession of pot for up to 25 grams.

The lawmakers say the city spends $75 million per year on marijuana-related arrests. More than 75 percent of those arrests are black or Latino males.

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