Judges have denied a request from Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to dismiss convictions in nearly 5,000 cases of marijuana possession.
Online court records show the judges dismissed Mosby’s request on Friday. A spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the denial and said Mosby would be releasing a statement later Monday.
Mosby announced in January that she would cease prosecuting cases of marijuana possession as well as ask the courts to throw out thousands of old convictions. She revealed her plans during a news conference and called the move monumental for justice in Baltimore.
Such convictions have saddled thousands in Baltimore with criminal records and frustrated their job searches, Mosby said at the time. The marijuana arrests have disproportionately affected minority neighborhoods in Baltimore.