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New York City prosecutors toss thousands of low-level pot warrants - Cannabis News

More than 3,000 decades-old warrants for low-level marijuana offenses were purged Wednesday.

The bench warrants, dating back to 1978, were formally vacated by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance at a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court.

“By dismissing these cases, we’re removing all of the collateral consequences – for one’s job prospects, school attendance, housing applications and immigration status – associated with an open criminal court case,” Vance told Justice Kevin McGrath.

“And in doing so, we’re taking one small step toward addressing the decades of racial disparities behind the enforcement of marijuana in New York City.”

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Rebecca Rosenberg and Lia Eustachewich ~ NYPost.com

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