Manhattan is the latest city to show its relaxed stance towards marijuana.
It was on Wednesday that the city dismissed over 3,000 cases of marijuana smoking and possession.
Of the 3,042 cases that were dismissed, some even date as far back as 1978. However, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has noted that the cases do not include violent crimes.
“Outstanding warrants for these low-level cases drive law enforcement and our communities apart,” Vance stated.
“New Yorkers with warrants face unnecessary loss of employment, housing and immigration consequences, and because many of them fear they will be arrested for an open warrant, they don’t collaborate with the (New York Police Department) and district attorneys to keep our communities safe.”
Criminal Court Judge Kevin McGrath granted the dismissal and said the cases would be sealed in 90 days.
The 90 days will allow administrations the time to file the paperwork appropriately, according to Vance.