NYPD Says Call 911 To Report Marijuana Use

Published on April 26, 2017, By Tom Angell

Marijuana News

Call 911 if you see someone smoking marijuana.

That’s the advice of the New York City Police Department, or at least it’s what Deputy Inspector Reymundo Mundo of NYPD’s 34th Precinct recommends.

On Monday, Mundo responded to a tweet reporting that two men were smoking marijuana and harassing subway riders inside the 181st Street station.

“Marijuana smoking should be reported to 911,” Mundo tweeted back, without actually addressing the alleged harassment.

Alejandra Soto, a Univision reporter who initially tweeted the alert, later said she doesn’t necessarily think marijuana use should be reported to the police as long as the cannabis consumers aren’t bothering anyone else.

But NYPD’s Mundo chimed back in to clarify that marijuana use alone should definitely always be reported, typing, in all caps, “IT’S ILLEGAL.”

When a MassRoots reporter asked Mundo for clarification on whether he was really advising people to take up 911 operators’ time with marijuana snitching, the commanding officer said that cannabis consumption in public should “absolutely” be reported to the emergency phone line.

The bizarre exchanges came just days after a social media backlash to a different NYPD tweet showing two officers posing with seized marijuana and machetes.

That tweet, from the 106th Precinct, generated a number of negative reactions:

The NYPD’s press office did not respond to MassRoots’s request for comment about whether it is actually official department policy that people should call 911 to report marijuana use.

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