Asking the wrong question about marijuana


Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recently announced that her office will no longer prosecute any marijuana possession cases “because prosecuting these cases [has] no public safety value, disproportionately impacts communities of color and erodes public trust, and is a costly and counterproductive use of limited resources.”

“We need to get serious about prioritizing what actually makes us safe,” said Mosby, “and no one who is serious about public safety can honestly say that spending resources to jail people for marijuana use is a smart way to use our limited time and money.”

The policy change is detailed in a new white paper issued by the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (BCSAO) called “Reforming a Broken System: Rethinking the Role of Marijuana Prosecutions in Baltimore City.”

Mosby says her office “will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases, regardless of weight or a person’s prior criminal record” and will seek “to vacate

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