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Albany County DA Holding Public Meeting About Marijuana Prosecutions

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Albany County DA David Soares

The Albany County District Attorney is holding a public meeting tonight about changes in marijuana prosecutions .

Since June, Democrat David Soares has held public meetings to discuss marijuana laws, and this month his office began declining to prosecute cases solely involving possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.     "… a person who is charged with Article 22105 of the penal law will no longer be prosecuted in Albany County moving forward effective December 1st, 2018. It also means anyone with possession under 2 ounces as articulated in Article 221.10 a B misdemeanor, you will also not be prosecuted..."

Soares will talk about the changes and discuss available options for the sealing of past criminal convictions at 6 p.m. at the Albany Public Library's Washington Avenue Branch.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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