Monday, September 24, 2018

3,000 NYC marijuana cases get tossed at prosecutor's request

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 3,000 low-level New York City marijuana cases have been thrown out in a single morning, at the request of Manhattan's top prosecutor.

The dismissals further a shift away from arresting and prosecuting many people for small-time pot offenses in the nation's biggest city.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. successfully asked a court Wednesday to scrap 3,042 warrants for people who missed court dates in marijuana possession cases. It also tossed out the misdemeanor and violation-level marijuana cases themselves. Some dated to the 1970s.

Vance and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez recently decided to stop prosecuting most misdemeanor pot possession and smoking cases. The two Democrats oversee prosecutions in two of the city's five boroughs.

The city also has been easing policing of minor pot possession and smoking.

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