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Indiana’s Marion County Prosecutor to Cease Prosecution of Simple Marijuana Possession Cases

Catherine Toms

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Indiana's Marion County Prosecutor to Cease Prosecution of Simple Marijuana Possession Cases
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The Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced in a media release that he intends to no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases where the marijuana in question in an ounce or less “when the charge is the only or most serious charge against the adult.”

Mears shared in the release,

“I have come to this decision as a veteran prosecutor. I have seen the resources devoted to these prosecutions and believe those resources can be used more effectively to promote public safety, ensuring justice for victims, and reduce recidivism. When faced with the choice between prosecuting this and prosecuting acts of violence, my priority is clear.”

According to the release, there was an 80 percent reduction of marijuana possession charges have been dismissed in the first nine months of 2019.

Mears stated,

“Too often, an arrest for marijuana possession puts individuals into the system who otherwise would not be. There is not a win for our community. The enforcement of marijuana policy has disproportionately impacted people of color, and this is the first step to addressing that.”

The policy is not applicable to those who are under the age of 18.

Catherine is one of our most respected contributors and active providers of cannabis-related guides and insights here at TOC. She is very well educated with a Bachelors from Smith College, Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona, Certificate in Computer Programming College of Saint Rose and was a writing teacher at the University of Illinois. Her writing has been featured in many major publications and has full intentions of being a transparent and authentic leader for all CBD and hemp oil articles.

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