Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby released a statement on Tuesday saying that her office would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases. Mosby framed the decision as a public safety and trust issue, explaining that prosecuting these cases served no public safety purpose. In fact, Mosby’s office explained, the prosecution of these kinds of cases “disproportionately impacts communities of color and erodes public trust.” Mosby also pointed out that, since they serve no real public safety purpose, these cases are a waste of resources and taxpayer dollars. The statement also reported that Mosby’s office was looking into vacating convictions for possession dating back eight years.
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