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Poll: In NYC, 71 percent approval for new policy on pot arrests

NEW YORK — A poll shows New Yorkers are high on their city’s recent decision to stop bringing criminal charges against many people accused of carrying small amounts of marijuana.

A Quinnipiac (KWIN’-ihp-ee-yak) University poll released Tuesday shows 71 percent of New York City voters approve. Twenty-six percent disapprove.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new policy for New York pot laws last week. It pertains to people carrying up to 25 grams — about a sandwich bag — of pot but not openly smoking it. The policy went into effect Nov. 19.

Instead of being arrested on a misdemeanor charge, many will get summonses and face non-criminal violations. The change follows complaints about the personal toll and police time taken by tens of thousands of marijuana arrests annually.

The poll surveyed 1,164 New York City voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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