The District Attorney for Monroe County (population 748,000) has announced her intent to no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession offenses. Her decision follows meetings with representatives of NORML’s Rochester affiliate.
“A marijuana arrest and prosecution is a barrier for those trying to access public assistance, employment and education opportunities, when dealing with child protective services, and other life opportunities,” Mary Kruger, Executive Director of Roc NORML, said. “This policy change is a step in the right direction and we are grateful that the District Attorney’s office has decided to take this action.”
The District Attorney’s decision follows similar actions taken by municipal prosecutors from several other major cities, including Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Norfolk, Virginia, among others.