Thousands of Criminal Cases Dropped in New York

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has dropped over 3,000 open marijuana smoking and possession cases from the past 40 years, “saying the action would serve justice and address racial disparities in the prosecution of marijuana offenses.”

“The district attorney’s decision applies to misdemeanor and violation cases in which a warrant was issued because the defendant failed to appear in court. It does not apply to any cases where a defendant was convicted, or to more serious charges like selling marijuana.”

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