Little Rock City Director Ken Richardson, who’s been crusading unsuccessfully for a de-emphasis of marijuana enforcement by city police, sends news from New York city on pot enforcement:

The New York Police Department plans to slash arrests for publicly smoking marijuana by more than half and give people tickets instead, but will keep arresting some of those who have past arrests or convictions, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

…The new policy, which will take effect on Sept. 1, will not curb police officers’ power to stop and search people who they think are smoking marijuana. And because it exempts from the no-arrest policy certain people with criminal records, many of them black, it is unlikely on its own to shift the focus of marijuana enforcement away from the nonwhite New Yorkers who have for decades been the targets of arrests.

Why not Little Rock? This approach would seem to address police concerns that marijuana enforcement sometimes leads to discovery of more serious crimes.

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