City officers cracked down Monday on the open-air weed market in Washington Square Park — after The Post reported over the weekend on how dealers had arrange tables proper subsequent to distributors of authorized merchandise. Does the de Blasio staff repair any quality-of-life horror with out us pointing it out?
Officially on the Park Department’s request, cops are implementing the legislation the place they’d gone together with the dealers’ appropriation of public area, openly however illegally promoting pot from tables stuffed with pre-rolled joints and jars of varied strains.
Officers ignored the marketplace for two causes: 1) Then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March legalized grownup leisure pot use. And 2) whereas the brand new legislation doesn’t go into impact till someday subsequent 12 months, any weed-selling miscreants they arrest can be strolling free very quickly in any respect, thanks to New York’s shoddy criminal-justice “reforms.”
So irrespective of that the chair of the state Cannabis Control Board, Tremaine Wright, final week stated no such gross sales are licensed, insisting, “This conduct is not legal and must stop.” As The Post reported Sunday, 5 separate distributors fortunately peddled their wares in broad daylight across the fountain throughout from the park’s well-known arches, all whereas households and college students milled about.
No, it’s not the park’s Nineteen Eighties crack downside, however open drug gross sales positive don’t make the park an amazing place for youngsters to hang around.
So a lot for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vow to arrange the “right parameters” for Washington Square Park. What truly goes fallacious on this city is plainly no concern of his, except it makes the headlines.