Staten Is. DA op­poses lid on pot busts

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Erin Durkin

THE STATEN Is­land district at­tor­ney is not on board with the push to stop pros­e­cut­ing pot smok­ers.

DA Michael McMa­hon sounded a note of cau­tion Wed­nes­day, a day after his coun­ter­parts in Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn said they’d stop pros­e­cut­ing most mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and smok­ing charges.

“I took an oath to up­hold the laws of the State of New York, and ul­ti­mately, this is an is­sue that should be de­cided in a more thought­ful and com­pre­hen­sive way by the state Leg­is­la­ture, and not as a rushed re­ac­tion to the top news head­lines of the day,” McMa­hon (photo) said.

On Tues­day, Mayor de Bla­sio an­nounced that the NYPD would come up with a plan to cut mar­i­juana ar­rests, though de­tails have yet to be de­ter­mined. Man­hat­tan DA Cy Vance Jr. said that as of Au­gust, he will de­cline to pros­e­cute pos­ses­sion and pub­lic smok­ing cases, with lim­ited ex­cep­tions.

A rep for Queens DA Richard Brown said Wed­nes­day he’ll await the re­sults of the NYPD re­view be­fore mak­ing any changes.

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