NEW YORK — Over 300 low-level cannabis possession convictions are getting sealed after prosecutors and protection legal professionals labored collectively to ask a New York Metropolis court docket to take action.

The individuals concerned had no different New York misdemeanor or felony convictions or ongoing felony instances.

The Manhattan district legal professional’s workplace, the Authorized Motion Middle and different teams introduced the event Monday.

The ruling includes about 360 individuals convicted of New York’s lowest-level marijuana misdemeanor. All had no different New York misdemeanor or felony convictions or ongoing felony instances.

New York prosecutors and lawmakers have made varied efforts to remove what they see as unduly burdensome employment, housing and different penalties for individuals concerned in small-time cannabis instances.

State laws that takes impact on Aug. 27 softens penalties for possessing small quantities of cannabis, offers for mechanically sealing low-level pot instances and descriptions an expungement course of for some previous offenses.

In previous years, New York Metropolis regulation enforcement authorities have arrested round 17,000 individuals for cannabis violations yearly. Underneath the brand new state regulation, possession of lower than one ounce of cannabis is grounds for a $50 nice however not arrest.

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