Amid national shift, Baltimore to stop prosecuting marijuana cases

first_imgLPETTET/iStock(BALTIMORE) — The top local prosecutor in Baltimore said she’s going to stop prosecuting marijuana crimes — an announcement coming just days after the Trump administration’s nominee to lead the Justice Department indicated he may be more tolerant of certain marijuana-related crimes than his most recent predecessors.The unrelated developments reflect shifting attitudes toward marijuana across the country.“We need to get serious about prioritizing what actually makes us safe,” the Maryland state attorney in Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, announced Tuesday. “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.”Mosby said she would no longer be prosecuting those found in possession of marijuana within the city limits and will seek to vacate almost 5,000 prior marijuana convictions since 2011.Her announcement comes as the Justice Department may be about to shift its own actions related to marijuana enforcement.While hardly suggesting that the federal government should similarly stop prosecuting federal crimes related to marijuana, William Barr — who is expected to be confirmed as the next attorney general in the coming weeks — recently said he has no desire “to go after parties” engaged in marijuana-related business in states that have legalized recreational marijuana use.That is a significant reversal from the Justice Department’s policies under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who repeatedly described marijuana as a dangerous drug and rescinded Obama-era guidance telling prosecutors to push for maximum punishment in serious marijuana-related crimes.Responding to new questions posed by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Barr said that he would give “careful consideration” to whether he needs to provide further guidance on the matter to federal prosecutors across the country.“But I still believe that the legislative process, rather than administrative guidance, is ultimately the right way to resolve whether and how to legalize marijuana,” Barr told Booker in a written response released this week.As for Mosby, in announcing her decision Tuesday, she described the continued prosecution of marijuana possession as a “moral failure” that has had an especially hard impact on the African-American community. Mosby did not indicate any link between her decision and Barr’s recent comments.According to data from the Baltimore Police Department, 410 of 431 citations for marijuana possession handed out in 2017 — 95 percent of them — were given to African-Americans.Other major metropolitan cities, including New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston have reportedly also looked into revising how — if at all — they prosecute marijuana-related offenses.Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal for recreational use in the State of Maryland, but legislation passed in 2013 permitted use of marijuana for medical purposes. The next year, Maryland passed a law that decriminalized possession of marijuana for those found with less than 10 grams.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Messi urges Barcelona to offload teammate amid pay cut row

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Fictional Universes We Wouldn’t Want To Live InWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? One of the most crucial Barcelona players could be sold by the board this summer after a recommendation from Lionel Messi.Advertisement Read Also: Messi convinces Barcelona veteran to return to the clubChelsea and Bayern Munich are two clubs interesting in signing the former Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper for his estimated fee of 100 million euros.Meanwhile, the Blaugrana are in talks with Ajax Amsterdam shot-stopper Andre Onana over a move in the summer as a replacement to their potential outgoing number one.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona are under a dark state internally and there seems to be no respite for those in the senior positions at the club. After the resignation of six directors from the board and a fallout with the players due to a 70% wage cut, Josep Maria Bartomeu’s hopes of becoming the club’s president for another tenure at crumbling at an alarming rate.To add to their issues, the Catalans are struggling to get rid of players who are supposed to earn them cash to fund Lautaro Martinez and Neymar’s arrival. Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti have all seen their market value crash and there are not many suitors wanting to pay well for the services of the trio who was tipped for big things at Barca.Barcelona president BartomeuDiario GOL has claimed that in a risky move for the future, Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to get rid of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The goalkeeper has been the Blaugrana’s second best player over the last two seasons behind the Argentinian Messi and therefore has seen his transfer fee reach 100 million euros.Marc-Andre ter Stegen is reportedly unhappy at the Camp Nou because of the board’s reluctance in meeting his financial demands.The Germany international wants a major improvement in his contract and has had his demands constantly postponed, which have frustrated him in addition to falling out with Lionel Messi. Loading… last_img read more