Westchester County DA Discusses Marijuana Prosecution Policy

Jan 18, 2019

Westchester County has a new marijuana prosecution policy. The possession of two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer result in a criminal conviction. This comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to legalize recreational marijuana. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino about the new policy that went into effect this week.

Scarpino says he had been researching and discussing the matter for the past five months or so.

As states near New York legalize recreational marijuana, such as Massachusetts, where pot shops have opened in recent weeks, Scarpino says his office has not considered possession of products like edibles in its policymaking.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino is a Democrat first elected in 2016.