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148 pending marijuana cases have been dismissed since new Marion Co. policy announced

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 16:23:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has dismissed 148 pending simple marijuana cases since their new policy went into effect on Monday.

Acting Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears announced the new policy on Monday.

READ | Marion County will no longer prosecute simple marijuana possession cases

Under that policy, misdemeanor possession charges of less than one ounce will no longer be prosecuted in Marion County. Under Indiana law, those cases would be considered a Class B misdemeanor.

In the past couple of years, many of these types of possession cases haven’t even moved forward in court, according to Mears. He says 74% of simple marijuana possession cases in 2018 were dropped. That percentage increased to 81% in 2019.