In Brooklyn, the country’s leading city for marijuana charges, Ken Thompson said that if elected Brooklyn’s district attorney, he will order his prosecutors to dispose of nearly all cases involving less than 15 grams of pot. Instead of throwing the offenders in jail, he vows to offer noncriminal charges.
12,732 people were arrested in Brooklyn alone for possession of marijuana, according to statistics.
“These arrests are clogging the criminal-justice system,” Mr. Thompson, a 48-year-old former federal prosecutor said in an interview, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Thompson defeated incumbent Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes in September’s Democratic primary. Mr. Hynes, 78 years old, decided to continue running in the Nov. 5 general election as the candidate for the Republican and Conservative parties, both of which nominated him.
Thompson said the expenses currently devoted to prosecuting low-level marijuana cases would be better used to address more serious crimes, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Charles Hynes sees things differently and is not afraid to speak his mind.
“Ken Thompson’s campaign is like a Seinfeld episode,” Mr. Hynes charged at a campaign stop. “It’s a campaign about nothing because he has no experience.”
The election on November 5th for District Attorney has a major effect on Brooklyn’s future.
If you are for or against the changes in marijuana laws is a fair debate. But we must realize the drastic changes a drug law may actually have to King’s County in the near future.
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