Manhattan D.A. Reduces Pot Penalties, Plans to Eliminate Minor Drug Offender Prosecutions in 2018 – News

Some people busted for marijuana possession in the streets of the largest city in the United States will no longer have to concern themselves with crippling penalties, under new plea guidelines issued earlier this week by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

According to a report from Politico, the way the municipality prosecutes first and second time marijuana offenders has been changed in an effort to prevent immigrants from being jammed up by the current administration. The primary goal is to defend these people against President Trump’s immigration policies that, in many cases, can result in the deportation of people living without U.S. citizenship.

In the past, the Manhattan DA offered a 12-month “Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal,” otherwise known as an ACD for those first timers caught in possession of marijuana. This probation-style policy simply dictated that the pot offender’s charges would be dropped if he or she did not get arrested again for a period of 12- months.

For second time offenders, the policy gave them the option of accepting a plea of either a marijuana violation or disorderly conduct.

The new policy, however, takes the…

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