One of the most dangerous side effects of cannabis doesn't come from the plant itself but rather the prohibition that has been placed upon it.
The attempted eradication of cannabis by the federal government, covered up as the "war on drugs," has cost taxpayers much more than just billions of dollars over the past 80+ years.
It has cost cannabis "criminals" their families, jobs, and even the chances of continuing their education. This is an enormous amount of loss, especially considering how simple possession or even cultivating cannabis is clearly a victimless crime.
In Manhattan, however, the District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. recently made a move that can change the future for over 3,000 individuals, whether they know it or not.
In a recent move, the DA asked a court to dismiss 3,042 outstanding warrants for individuals who had received the warrants after missing their court dates for a cannabis charge. Surprisingly, that is precisely what the court did.
Before this, he asked for his office to stop prosecuting the majority of simple cannabis possession cases brought before them.
As he stated, if these charges were brought upon someone today and they received a warrant, it would be dismissed by his office.
Considering this, it made perfect sense to proactively dismiss these pending cases and not waste another penny pursuing them.
While many of these individuals could have previously faced potential issues obtaining employment, housing or even an education because of these lingering charges, this will no longer be a worry for these individuals.
In a similar move, the DA of Brooklyn, Eric Gonzalez also decided to no longer prosecute misdemeanor cannabis charges. He also announced last week that he had a plan that could potentially eradicate roughly 20,000 simple cannabis possession convictions that are outstanding in his precinct.
Throughout the state of New York, cannabis is currently decriminalized in small amounts for personal consumption.
NY is also home to a comprehensive medical cannabis program that is helping thousands of patients to live a higher quality of life.
We can only hope that more individuals in power will walk in the footsteps of these District Attorneys and help keep out of jail hard working citizens who are just looking to utilize a natural plant to relax or medicate.Posted: Saturday, October 13th, 10:00am a month ago
Ashley is a freelance cannabis writer and the co-owner of CannaLance. Her passion for sharing education and truth surrounding cannabis stems from a personal loss. Ashley has always had an elevated relationship with cannabis but it wasn't until 2015 that she turned that passion and relationship into a career as a cannabis writer.