Last month, San Francisco did the same for all marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, and in San Diego County, nearly 700 marijuana felony convictions have been reduced to misdemeanors since January.
Although Philadelphia introduced a new policy in 2014 that made possession of up to 30 grams of pot punishable by a $25 fine, Krasner said some people have still been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor if they’re caught with the substance.
“What we’re talking about is the 10 percent or so that are being charged as they used to be, as misdemeanors in court,” said Krasner, who campaigned on criminal justice reform and who has represented Black Lives Matter activists.
Progressives, who applauded Krasner’s election in November, praised the district attorney for introducing the reforms, which he noted would allow the city to direct more resources to fighting violent crimes.
“I did it because I felt it was the right thing to do,” Krasner said of the decision. “We could use those resources to solve homicides.”
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