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Fri Apr 9, 2021, 06:23 AM

Nassau DA Madeline Singas drops scores of marijuana, prostitution cases due to recent law changes

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas on Thursday said she will dismiss more than 1,000 warrants on marijuana and prostitution-related charges following the state's recent legalization of recreational marijuana and the repeal of a low-level prostitution law.

The brief virtual proceeding in Nassau District Court, during which 1,169 arrest or bench warrants were "administratively vacated," is expected to play out in courtrooms across the state as its 62 counties work to comply with the newly passed marijuana law.

"We began to review certain outstanding warrants months ago because outstanding warrants can impact a personís ability to work or secure housing if they appear during a background check," Singas said in a statement. "By removing this obstacle, people can resume their lives without worrying about potential repercussions."

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month signed legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana, though the law wonít take effect until September 2022.


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