Shot. Marilyn Mosby, the states’s attorney of Baltimore City wanted to stop prosecuting marijuana possession because too many people of color and she also wanted to vacate close to 5,000 prior convictions. Why? Because too many blacks were arrested (or how many plead down to those marijuana charges from much more severe crimes). [Baltimore State’s Attorney Will No Longer Prosecute Marijuana Possession Cases, NPR, 2-3-19]:
In addition to not prosecuting marijuana possession, Mosby said she is also seeking to vacate nearly 5,000 prior marijuana convictions, which date back to 2011. She argued that this was important, especially because those convictions primarily had a negative impact on communities of color.
“Though white and Black residents use marijuana at roughly the same rates, marijuana laws have been and continue to be disproportionately enforced against people of color,” she said in the statement.
In an interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Mosby compared marijuana laws to Jim Crow laws — calling both discriminatory in nature.
To explain that discrimination, Mosby pointed to numbers that the state attorney’s office acquired from Baltimore Police Department records:
– In 2015, 45 citations were issued for marijuana, 39 were issued to black people. That’s 89 percent.
– In 2016, 199 citations were issued for marijuana possession, 187 were issued to black people. That’s 94 percent.
– In 2017, 431 citations were issued for marijuana, 410 were issued to black people. That’s 95 percent.
Chaser. [Mosby’s request to dismiss nearly 5,000 marijuana convictions denied, WBALTV.com, April 30, 2019]:
District and circuit court judges have ruled Friday that nearly 5,000 marijuana possession convictions will stand after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s request to dismiss convictions in Baltimore City.
Mosby was very clear that she’s disappointed, but said she’s not backing down and considering all her options.
“We weren’t even able or given the opportunity to present legal arguments,” Mosby said.
Mosby’s office started submitting petitions to dismiss 4,790 marijuana convictions back in January — the same day she announced that she would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases regardless of the amount.
Mosby argued that marijuana possession arrests not only disproportionately affect minorities, but that the enforcement and prosecution of such cases squanders resources that should focus on the crime fight.
“It’s counterproductive for us to continue to pursue and prosecute marijuana cases when we have the level of violence that is plaguing our communities, when we have homicide clearance rates that we still have to tackle,” Mosby said.
A state bill passed in Annapolis earlier this month, allowing a prosecutor to formally ask a judge to “revisit” a prior conviction.
“Right now, we’re are considering our options, right? And we are going to pursue every avenue to ensure that we continue to stand up for the people of Baltimore. I know that there is legislation that has been passed. We will pursue that avenue as well,” Mosby said.
The Annapolis legislation goes into effect in October.
Demography is destiny. Baltimore is nearly 70 percent black. Translation: black elected officials are doing everything possible to promote the interests of blacks and black criminals in the city.
Legislation will continue to be passed via black elected officials to promote the interests of black (people of color) criminals and ensure they get released from prison.
The white man’s law has no place in present-day Baltimore, a 70 percent black city, and it has no place in the future as whites become even more of a minority all across the United States.
Democracy is nothing more than a racial headcount and the law will be instantly retired once blacks take total power of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. Get it yet?