Staten Is. DA opposes lid on pot busts
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.