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

Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., speaks to reporters after a hearing in Manhattan criminal court, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in New York. Vance Jr. successfully asked a court on Wednesday to scrap more than 3,000 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. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Wednesday 12 September 2018 13.41
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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


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