DA Sandra Doorley will not prosecute low-level marijuana offenses

June 18, 2019 07:06 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) -- As New York lawmakers continue talks on legalizing recreational marijuana, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says she will no longer prosecute certain marijuana possession cases.

Doorley agreed to not prosecute stand-alone charges for unlawful possession of marijuana and misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana.

Instead, the Monroe County District Attorney's Office will offer an "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal" which will end with the person's record being sealed.

Back in February, Doorley told News10NBC she was already dismissing many of these low-level possession cases.

"To be clear, I'm not in support of legalization at this time but I do believe that there should be decriminalization for responsible adults up to a certain amount, and right now it will be less than two ounces," said Doorley. 

Last month, a local marijuana advocacy group in Rochester, NORML, and other community groups released a report that found Monroe County had the fifth-highest arrest rates for low-level marijuana-related offenses in the state, outside of New York City.

The report used data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services from 2010 to 2018.


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