Brooklyn’s top prosecutor may be the link to having tens od thousands of low level marijuana convictions erased in the city.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people to request conviction dismissals and expects prosecutors will consent in the great majority of a potential 20,000 cases since 1990 as well as some older ones.
“It’s a little unfair to say we’re no longer prosecuting these cases, but to have these folks carry these convictions for the rest of their lives,” Gonzales The Associated Press.
Under Gonzalez’ new initiative, people already convicted of pot possession misdemeanors or violations in Brooklyn can ask a court to dismiss the cases.
“This is really a relief that I think we can provide, and we do it in a way that is safe,” Gonzales said.
New York currently allows marijuana-derived medications for some conditions.