Top police and Nutter administration officials testified Monday before City Council that they were “open” to ending custodial arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana, another step toward softening the city’s stance against pot.
Francis Healy, a special advisor to police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, said the department “supports the basic premise” that “custodial arrests should not be required” for pot possession. He said existing rules could be changed, but only with the police, the courts and the District Attorney being in agreement.
“It’s probably a good idea that we all sit down,” said Michael Resnick, the city’s Director of Public Safety. “We can discuss how to achieve these results.”
Their statements came at a hearing on a bill sponsored by Councilman James F. Kenney, who proposed ending mandatory arrests for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Instead, offenders would receive a court summons, requiring them to appear in a special marijuana program.