Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he would stop prosecuting cases of marijuana possession and smoking in public.
In a few months, most similar cases won’t be prosecuted. On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced his office would decline to take up those cases, effective August 1.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the marijuana prosecutions will halt starting Aug. 1, other than in cases where there is a clear public safety concern, which, he predicts, will reduce the yearly marijuana prosecutions in Manhattan from 5,000 to 200.
“My Office made a commitment to fight wage theft, which impacts employees across all industries, but is especially common in the construction business, where unscrupulous employers like the ones charged in today’s indictment are devising new and different ways to cheat and steal.”