Maryland judges deny Baltimore State Attorney’s request to dismiss 5,000 marijuana convictionsPosted by On



BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 24:  State's Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland, Marilyn J. Mosby is interviewed by Shoshana Guy, Senior Producer NBC News (not pictured) while walking through the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, where Freddie Gray was arrested, on August 24, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for BET Networks)

State attorney Marilyn Mosby

Maryland decriminalized possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana in 2014. A big part of the push was the fact that while black and white citizens use and sell “illegal” drugs at roughly the same rate, black people in Maryland were three times more likely than white folks to be arrested and charged for marijuana-related offenses. After three years of decriminalization, studies showed that almost all people being arrested and charged and sent to jail by Baltimore police were black. The resulting backlash to this fact has led to pressure on the city’s attorneys, with state attorney Marilyn Mosby announcing in January that her office would not prosecute weed cases anymore. 

Along with her announcement, Mosby said she was referring around 5,000 previous marijuana conviction cases for dismissal. She brought 1,000 to Circuit Court and…



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