Amendment 64 leads Boulder DA to dismiss marijuana possession charges

BOULDER, Colo. — If you were charged with a crime for the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in one of the state’s most liberal cities, you’ve got reason to celebrate Wednesday.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, District Attorney Stan Garnett will be dismissing all such possession cases in Boulder County due to the overwhelming support voters showed for Amendment 64 at his county’s polls earlier this month.

“You’ve seen an end to mere possession cases in Boulder County under my office,” Garnett told the newspaper.

Garnett called the decision an “ethical” one, saying the choice to pursue or continue criminal prosecution is driven by whether or not prosecutors have “a reasonable belief that they can get a unanimous conviction by a jury.”

“Given Amendment 64 passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin (in Boulder County), we concluded that it would be inappropriate for us to continue to prosecute simple possession of marijuana less than an ounce and paraphernalia for those over 21,” Garnett continued.

According to the Camera, 66 percent of Boulder County voted in favor of the measure. Amendment 64 will go into effect statewide 30 days after the vote is approved. According to political reporter Eli Stokols, that will likely happen in January.

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