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Possessing marijuana may no longer get you arrested in New York City

New York City police may soon stop arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana and instead write them tickets. The proposed change is considered an extension of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign vow to reform law enforcement policies, like the use of stop-and-frisks, that disproportionately affect minorities.

Specific details of the change — like a cutoff line on the quantity of marijuana someone could have without being arrested — have yet to be hammered out. De Blasio is expected to discuss the plan at a Monday press conference.