DA moves to vacate over 1,400 pot warrants, overturn 28 convictions

A judge honored District Attorney Eric Gonzalez's motion to vacate more than 1,400 warrants and erase 28 convictions stemming from marijuana cases Wednesday in criminal court.

News 12 Staff

Dec 19, 2018, 10:39 PM

Updated 1,950 days ago

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A judge honored District Attorney Eric Gonzalez's motion to vacate more than 1,400 warrants and erase 28 convictions stemming from marijuana cases Wednesday in criminal court.
"This is not only a fair and equitable thing to do based on the racial disparities of marijuana enforcement, but it is something that will lead to public safety," says Gonzalez.
Residents say that the motion is long overdue, and that arrests for marijuana-related crimes are a waste of time and money.
Gonzalez says he plans to continue to look into vacating more individuals who were convicted on marijuana offenses.
The move comes after Gov. Cuomo called earlier this week for state lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana next year.
 


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