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Court dismisses Mosby's motion to vacate thousands of old marijuana convictions

Posted at 9:44 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 08:58:01-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A court has denied a motion by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions.

In January, Mosby's office shifted to a new policy to discontinue prosecuting marijuana possession cases.

Mosby also vowed to petition the courts to throw out thousands of old convictions.

At the time the new policy was rolled out, then Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle didn't seem to be on the same page saying, "Baltimore Police will continue to make arrests for illegal marijuana possession unless and until the state legislature changes the law regarding marijuana possession."

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Current Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mosby have met to discuss her new policy, but it's unclear how BPD plans to move forward with enforcing marijuana possession laws.

In response to Friday's court dismissal, Mosby's office released the following statement;

“The role that courts play in our society is to be a place of last resort for people who have been wronged. I am deeply disappointed that this ruling did not afford us any opportunity to present legal arguments and essentially eliminated the court from being a safe harbor for those that were harmed by the discriminatory enforcement of marijuana laws in this city. My office is considering our options and will pursue all avenues to ensure we continue standing up for the people of Baltimore.“