NYPD gives cops new orders to let people smoke weed in public

The NYPD has told cops how to enforce the state’s new marijuana law — which includes letting adults light up in public, ignoring the exchange of weed unless money is involved and banning vehicle searches based on smell alone.

A four-page memo also says cops can’t “approach, stop or detain” a parolee for smoking or possessing pot, even if they know the ex-con isn’t supposed to be getting high.

Instead, they “should notify the relevant parole officers” to enforce the conditions under which the jailbird was sprung from prison.

The memo says the “sweeping changes” in enforcement are the result of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of a bill that legalized the recreational use, sale and growing of weed.

It was issued just hours after Cuomo signed the measure into law Wednesday morning.

Not all aspects of the new regulations take effect immediately, and the NYPD memo says, “Further guidance will be issued with more details.”

Under the new law, people 21 and older are allowed to possess up to three ounces of pot in public and up to five pounds at home.

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The NYPD memo says officers can let adults smoke marijuana in public.

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Adults will be able to hold up to three ounces of pot in public spaces.

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