Following final Tuesday’s passage of Proposition 207, which legalized marijuana in Arizona, the Maricopa County Lawyer’s workplace introduced this afternoon that it intends to ask the courts to dismiss “all pending and unfiled costs of possession of marijuana and any related paraphernalia costs” within the county.
“As a substitute of continuous to spend sources on these instances, this workplace will start implementing the desire of the voters instantly,” a launch from the workplace states.
Maricopa County Lawyer Allister Adel was reelected Tuesday in an in depth race that got here to an in depth Monday afternoon, when her opponent, Democrat Julie Gunnigle, conceded. Adel’s marketing campaign declared victory shortly thereafter. Tragically, Adel was hospitalized on Election Day with bleeding on the mind, the results of a fall at residence, in line with her workplace. She remains in serious condition.
As Adel’s challenger, Gunnigle had pledged to considerably reform marijuana enforcement within the county. Adel made steps in that path through the marketing campaign. She announced in August that folks caught with small quantities of marijuana in Maricopa County would not be prosecuted in the event that they obtained a medical marijuana card. However till immediately, the county’s plan for marijuana enforcement post-election remained murky. Some estimates put the variety of statewide marijuana instances that may very well be dismissed or expunged because of Prop 207 as excessive as 200,000.
“We’re instructing Deputy County Attorneys to file a movement to dismiss any cost lined by Proposition 207,” the MCAO launch states. “If these costs make up the whole thing of the fees of the case, the complete case will probably be dismissed. If there are different felony costs the case will stay pending, however we’ll file motions to dismiss the fees lined by Proposition 207.”
That features instances pending in Early Disposition Courtroom in addition to “these at present in diversion or pending trial, and people set for sentencing or probation violation hearings,” in line with the county. “Precedence will probably be given to instances with courtroom dates and people in custody. The workplace will even be submitting motions to dismiss bench warrant instances the place all the fees are lined by Proposition 207.”
The change impacts solely instances in Maricopa County. The method will seemingly unfold in a different way all through Arizona, relying on the county lawyer in every of the state’s 15 counties. Prop 207 additionally gives the Arizona Supreme Courtroom the choice to create guidelines that facilitate possession dismissals and previous convictions.
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