Bronx DA gets green light to dismiss more than 6,000 cannabis cases

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In the wake of New York’s recent state cannabis legalization, a Bronx district attorney has been given the go-ahead to dismiss more than 6,000 misdemeanour cases involving the sale or possession of cannabis. In a decision rendered by Supervising Judge of Bronx Criminal Court George A. Grasso, the court granted the motion put forth by Bronx DA Darcel Clark to dismiss the charges. U.S. dismisses cannabis smuggling charges against Canadian resident without prejudice Judge slams Human Rights Commission’s dismissal of medical cannabis complaint against bank Police thought they made a big weed bust. But a judge ordered them to return 1,800 pounds of cannabis oil and $620,000 in cash DA Clark celebrated the move, noting prohibition’s disproportionate effect on Black and Brown people and saying that the change was long overdue. “The Legislature has decriminalized the possession and sale of small amounts of marijuana to right the wrong of disproportionate enforcement and arrests in communities of colour like the Bronx,” she said in a statement released Thursday. “We had long stopped prosecuting these offences because they were not a threat to public safety, and they gave people a criminal record that had negative collateral consequences on employment, housing, education, and immigration.” Administrative Judge Grasso referred to the motion as a “historic day in Bronx Criminal Court.” “This [ruling] means that thousands of individuals (many who are young people of colour) can now go about their business without being under the cloud of a criminal matter,” the judge wrote. The tally of dismissed cases includes 1,998 pending cases, 1,974 open warrants, 2,441 summonses, and 1,650 cases in which a plea was entered and an open warrant was issued upon the convicted individual’s failure to complete their sentence, according to the DA’s office. Some of the 6,089 cases dated back to the…

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