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Missed deadline leads to dismissal of Schenectady marijuana charge

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A local man who had been ready to take a plea bargain and accept a year in jail in a felony marijuana case instead saw the case dismissed Tuesday after prosecutors missed a crucial deadline. A prosecutor Tuesday said a new system has been put in place to bridge a gap that allowed the marijuana case to languish past the deadline. The charge was formally dismissed Tuesday by Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago, who ...

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October 29, 2013
5:40 p.m.

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sloppy work in bob carneys office. time to shake up the tree. bob does a good job and should not have to micro mamage his people. also do you really want to turn some one into a felon and ruin their chances of employment over a little weed, i think not.

October 29, 2013
7:24 p.m.

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I agree with Cheeseburger's take regarding the employment consequences of these cases. These felony convictions for minor pot offenses occur more often then one might suspect. Some seventeen year old in Schenectady County is currently facing that situation now on pot charges. These convictions aren't considered newsworthy by the media unless a prosecutor screws up the case then we hear about it. As someone in law enforcement once told me, "You can overcome an addiction, but you'll never beat a conviction."

October 29, 2013
8:39 p.m.

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Legalize it.