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NYC’s Brooklyn prosecutor says won’t prosecute most low-level marijuana possession arrests

NEW YORK — Many of the thousands of people arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges in Brooklyn will likely get the cases dropped before even having to go to court, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced Tuesday in a novel move to address the heavy toll of pot arrests in the nation’s largest city.

Many such cases have historically gotten dismissed anyway. But Thompson’s new policy marks a departure by nixing the cases upfront, sparing arrestees time in custody and court — and sending a message that a DA is pushing forward a public discussion of pulling back from a spike in marijuana arrests citywide in recent decades.[Read More…]

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