BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday that her office will no longer prosecute cases of marijuana possession.
“When I asked myself if the enforcement and prosecution of marijuana possession was making our city safer, the answer was an emphatic, ‘No,” Mosby said.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down
The State’s Attorney also called the decision a new day in Baltimore.
But Mosby’s decision has received backlash from officials across Maryland, including Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.
Gahler said in a tweet Thursday that, “this latest disappointing action of the City State’s Attorney has no impact [in Harford County.]”
Gahler also said in his tweet that the Harford County Sheriff’s Department will continue to enforce the state’s laws in regard to marijuana possession because that’s what officers are sworn in to do.
Mosby filed a court motion Tuesday morning, seeking to vacate nearly 5,000 marijuana-related convictions.
The convictions came in circuit and district courts.
Mosby said that her office will still continue to go after dealers and drug traffickers by prosecuting distribution cases where there is evidence that marijuana is being sold.MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash In White Marsh