New York City: Council Resolves that Marijuana Possession Should Not Result in Loss of Child Custody

New York, NY: Members of the New York City Council have adopted a resolution calling on administrators to revise policies specific to marijuana possession and child custody.

Resolution 0740 calls upon "the New York City Administration for Children’s Services to implement a policy finding that a person’s mere possession or use of marijuana does not by itself create an imminent risk of harm to a child, warranting the child’s removal."

It cites racial disparities in marijuana enforcement, along with the legalization of medical cannabis, as reasons for revising Administration policy.

Earlier this year, City lawmakers passed separate pieces of legislation limiting situations where those seeking employment or on probation may be drug tested for past cannabis exposure.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.