The Marion County Prosecutor's Office announced Monday that it will no longer prosecute simple marijuana possession cases.
“Too often, an arrest for marijuana possession puts individuals into the system who otherwise would not be. That is not a win for our community,” Prosecutor Ryan Mears said. “The enforcement of
marijuana policy has disproportionately impacted people of color, and this is a first step to addressing that.”
Marion County Acting Prosecutor Ryan Mears
That means when someone is picked up for having an ounce or less of marijuana, they won't be prosecuted.
"Our priority is violent crime." Mears said. "We are not going to mess around with these small possession of marijuana cases."
According to Indiana state law, possession of marijuana in an amount less than 30 grams can be prosecuted as a Level B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.
The prosecutor clarified what will happen if police do make an arrest.
"It's not being sold. It's not being smoked. We are not going to be filing those cases," Mears said.
According to the former chief deputy prosecutor, minor marijuana possession cases are clogging courts, over crowding jails, and taxing resources that could be better spent fighting violent criminals.