ERIE COUNTY, NY – Erie County’s District Attorney John J. Flynn says all pending cases in the county involving the criminal possession of marijuana will be re-investigated.
That announcement comes after New York State legalized recreational marijuana last month. This law allows adults in New York State to own up to 3 ounces of marijuana for personal use.
Flynn says cases are being reevaluated based on the weight of marijuana a person allegedly owned when they were arrested. The next time the individual appears in court, the criminal charges are either reduced, raised again or rejected.
DA Flynn announced that his office will re-examine pending criminal possession cases of marijuana. Prosecutors will proactively reduce, reschedule, or dismiss charges based on weight after NYS legalizes adult possession of cannabis up to 3 ounces. https://t.co/X9PUKxabVY
– Erie County DA (@DAErieCountyNY) April 20, 2021
“New York State’s passage of the Cannabis / Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act overturns low-level marijuana convictions,” the Erie County Prosecutor said in a press release.
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