New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill today that would allow a medical marijuana program in the state. He also announced that the governor's office would be easing back on practices for lower level marijuana offenses. The Brooklyn District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson made a statement that his office would not be prosecuting first time offenders for misdemeanor offenses involving the possession of marijuana. He said the move is going to free up law enforcement officers so that they can tend to the more serious crimes and it will also curb the saddling of young people who are usually arrested for these types of minor offenses and then end up with records that affect them the rest of their lives. Thompson stated that the new policy is just the "reasonable response to thousands of low-level marijuana arrests that weigh down the criminal justice system." He hopes that resources can now be redirected toward dealing with more serious offenses.