Brooklyn the next Amsterdam? DA pushes to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (PIX11) — We all knew Brooklyn was cool.

Now, the borough is leading the charge to decriminalize marijuana.

Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson is renewing his campaign pledge, saying he will push to not prosecute people caught with less than 15 grams of marijuana.

Thompson says the cases are clogging up the criminal justice system in Brooklyn.

It would be a violation instead of a misdemeanor.

Marijuana dispensaries made huge sales in the first week of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado –making $5 million in their first week.

20 states and D.C. have legalized medical marijuana.

Governor Cuomo is pushing for it to be legalized in New York next.

In Brooklyn last year, there were more than 12,000 marijuana possession arrests in the borough alone.

Thompson says to fight just one of these cases it takes, on average, 362 days and several court appearances before a disposition is even reached. He says this is costing taxpayers.

A spokeswoman for Thompson, Sharon Toomer, said Thursday the DA was committed to taking the necessary steps to implement the policy “as soon as possible.”