In light of Amendment 64 being passed in Colorado, the district attorney for Boulder is expected to dismiss all pending cases regarding possession of marijuana when the amount in question weighed less than an ounce. This will be the first of county district attorneys to dismiss such cases, but there may be others that will do the same during the coming months.
This will probably also result in less law enforcement officers issuing marijuana possession citations in the state of Colorado. The language of Amendment 64 will make it legal to possess marijuana up to one ounce for individuals over the age of 21-years old. This same district attorney stated that paraphernalia cases involving the use of marijuana will also be dropped.
The thinking behind the decision is that it’s probably no longer possible to get a unanimous verdict on most marijuana possessions charge in Colorado. Amendment 64 passed at an almost 2 to 1 margin, and it’s becoming obvious that Colorado residents do not consider marijuana convictions to be a high priority.
In light of this one district attorney’s decision, there likely is going to be room to negotiate with other district attorneys as well. Criminal defense attorneys can be very helpful in such negotiations.
The district attorney does warn, however, that his office will continue to prosecute cases for individuals under 21 years of age, and for individuals suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. “We will continue to come after those cases very hard.” In other words, some things change and some things remain the same.
Source: Daily Camera, “Boulder DA dismissing small-scale marijuana possession cases in light of Amendment 64,” by Mitchell Byars, Nov. 14, 2012
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