The Brooklyn District Attorney has unveiled changes to the way the borough prosecutes some first-time offenders.
District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that in some cases, his office would not prosecute first-time offenders arrested for low-level misdemeanor marijuana possession.
The goal is to make better use of limited police resources by allowing them to focus on more serious cases.
He says it will also keep offenders from having a minor and nonviolent offense on their record.
The policy does not approve the use of marijuana, and officials say it does not apply to those who smoke in public or around children.