Since marijuana has been legalized in Buffalo there have been some questions about previous and pending weed charges. For many years sentences for marijuana charges have far out weighted the amount of marijuana that people were caught with. Now cases are being reevaluated based on the amount of marijuana that a person can legally possess when they are arrested.

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Now, adults in New York State can legally possess up to three ounces of marijuana for personal use. The cases that are still pending where a person may have been charged with having 3 ounces or less will just be automatically tossed out, without an attorney having to ask for a motion.

As part of the passage of the New York State Cannabis/Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act, low-level marijuana cases will be vacated.

said, the Erie County District Attorney Office.

There are still some important rules that still need to be followed as it relates to adult use. People over 21 can use marijuana, and it is illegal to drive while under the influence of the drug. There still are penalties for anyone that sells the drug without a license. Now that there are cases that are being reevaluated, this should lead to more people with low-level misdemeanors on their record being dropped and they will be able to get entry-level jobs.

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I glad to see that this is happening in our city and I believe that this will really have a more positive impact on people in our community.

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