420 with CNW — Public Defenders Accuse Bronx DA of Dragging Feet on Dropping Pending Cannabis Cases

May 13, 2021 15:25:50

In April, New York passed one of the most progressive recreational cannabis laws in the country, joining a small but growing number of states that now allow adult-use cannabis. On top of allowing adults aged 21 and over to grow, purchase and possess cannabis, the bill also provided provisions for dismissing prior cannabis-related charges and expunging such offenses from people’s records. However, more than one month after New York state legalized recreational cannabis, a number of New York residents still have pending cases and even arrest warrants for offenses that are now considered legal under state law.

Each of the five administrative units, or boroughs, in New York City has got its own district attorney’s office, and public defenders in the Bronx have accused the Bronx DA of dragging his feet rather than making haste to dismiss pending cannabis-related cases. On April 20, 2021, the public defenders sent Bronx DA Darcel Clark’s office a letter urging him to conduct the affairs of his office in line with the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”). The defenders estimate that there are currently hundreds…


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