I listened live to Council testimony as DA Cannizzaro made the pitch for moving simple marijuana possession arrests out of the criminal court system. He was off-the-agenda a little bit so the matter will go before the criminal justice committee next week some time I think.
Councilman Carter asked Mr. Cannizzaro to advise him on the language necessary for a draft ordinance.
That sounds pretty damn promising if you ask me.
Why was this so impossible to do for so many years?
It look like the judges in criminal court might be stuck in the past in this one. I hope they won't obstruct this important reform.
I'm not sure what their logic is.
I would hope that a City Council ordinance mandating that possession cases be tried in municipal court could pass unanimously.
Thursday, August 06, 2009