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New marijuana policy could impact more than 5K cases in Phoenix area
Submitted by Marijuana News on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 10:19
More than 5,000 cases in metro Phoenix could be affected under county prosecutors’ plan to drop marijuana-related charges following the passage of Proposition 207, officials said Tuesday.
Prop 207, which decriminalizes the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona, was adopted in a 20-point landslide in last week’s election.
On Monday, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said it will start filing motions to dismiss pending and unfiled possession and paraphernalia charges.
On Tuesday, MCAO spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer released information about how many cases could be impacted and how the process would unfold.
“We have to review each individually and expect to find that most of those can be dismissed,” she said in an email. “However, a significant number will include other felony charges – meaning that the entire case will not be dismissed, only those charges covered by Prop 207.”
Of the cases impacted, Liewer said about 3,500 involve bench warrants with offenses that won’t be illegal under Prop 207. Those warrants will be dismissed if they don’t include charges outside the scope of the ballot initiative.