Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people to request conviction dismissals for offense his office no longer prosecutes. // AP Photo

Brooklyn DA Could Erase 20,000 Pot Convictions, Brown Will ‘Review’

Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the approval of Brooklyn’s top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses that are no longer prosecuted in the borough.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people to request conviction dismissals. He said he expects prosecutors will consent in the great majority of a potential 20,000 cases since 1990 and an unknown number of older ones.

Gonzalez told the Associated Press that it is only right to nix convictions that his office would not pursue today.

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QUEENS, NY - JULY 21: Action Bronson performs during the 2018 Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World Festival at Kupferberg Center for the Arts on July 21, 2018 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World Festival)

Action Bronson Arrested at Kosovo Music Festival

One moment his hands were juggling a microphone and a large marijuana joint, and the next moment they were in handcuffs.

That was how rapper Action Bronson’s Saturday night at the Sunny Hill Festival in Southeastern Europe suddenly took a turn for the worse.

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The Queensbridge Houses, a NYCHA development in Long Island City//Metro Centric

Queensbridge Raid Nets 22 — Including 3 for Weed Possession

A year-long investigation concluded Wednesday with the arrest of 22 people inside the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, including 3 for low-level marijuana possession.

The Queens District Attorney’s office announced the bust in a press release Thursday morning, which listed the names and charges for the 22 people arrested.

Of the 22 defendants, one was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and another with possession of an undisclosed weapon. Nine are charged with 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance — the lowest-level criminal drug possession charge —and three are charged with marijuana possession.

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A bucket hat decorated with marijuana leaves on a Queens street // Eagle photo by David Brand

Vance Stops Pot Busts, Brown Will Proceed

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown will not join his Manhattan counterpart in declining to prosecute low-level marijuana offenses — at least not yet.

In a statement to the Queens Daily Eagle, Brown said his office will wait to see how the New York Police Department’s new marijuana enforcement directives play out.

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Queens County Criminal Courthouse // Eagle Photo by Andy Katz

Police Reform Group Charges That Queens Weed Busts Discriminate

There’s a new marijuana policy coming to town and the latest arrest data from the New York Police Department reveal the vast racial disparities that prompted the change.

In the first six months of 2018, 93 percent of people arrested for marijuana possession in New York City were black or Hispanic. The data was compiled from NYPD arrest records and distributed by in a new report released by the Police Reform Organizing Project.

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