Word on the Street: Marijuana arrests

District Attorney Ken Thompson was inaugurated Sunday, and during his speech, he made reference to the fact that he would not prosecute those arrested for possessing under 15 grams of marijuana. (2/11/14)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's new district attorney has made it a vow not to prosecute low-level marijuana arrests.

District Attorney Ken Thompson was inaugurated Sunday, and during his speech, he made reference to the fact that he would not prosecute those arrested for possessing under 15 grams of marijuana. He said that those found guilty would be given a citation carrying a fine up to $100.

Many residents overwhelmingly agreed with Thompson's sentiments.

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"It's going [to] allocate more resources to fighting larger problems, especially in Brooklyn. A borough this size has tremendous crime rates," said Todd Spodek, of Park Slope.

However, Nelson Rios, of Park Slope disagreed with Thompson's plan, saying young people are going to get easy access to marijuana and it will create a bigger problem.

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