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Brooklyn DA Tosses Out Dozens Of Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

December 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As New York moves to legalize recreational marijuana, a Brooklyn judge on Wednesday vacated over 1,000 warrants and tossed out more than two dozen convictions.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez appeared in Brooklyn Criminal Court to witness a judge honor his motion to vacate over 1,400 marijuana warrants and erase 28 convictions.

However, Gonzalez noted that the move Wednesday only scratches the surface.

“To be clear, the number’s over 20,000 people just in Brooklyn alone,” Gonzalez said. “To continue to have conviction on their record for something that we are no longer prosecuting is unfair and unjust.”

The DA said many of the warrants were remnants of the stop-and-frisk era, which unfairly targeted minorities.

“I believe that those convictions were not keeping us safe, they serve as tremendous hindrances for people to move forward in their lives,” Gonzalez said.

Currently, marijuana prosecutions in Brooklyn are down 98 percent and the DA notes that there hasn’t been a rise in crime.