“For the prosecutors that work for Mosby, this may be a way to empower them, or at least free them up to work on other matters that they think are much more important,” Berman said. “It may be exactly the flip for the police force. The rank-and-file police may think it’s important to be able to do further investigation based on some suspicion of marijuana activity.”
This January officially marked a century since the National Prohibition Amendment was ratified. Even now, 86 years after being repealed in 1933, the ripple effects of Prohibition still echo throughout our criminal justice system today.
Professor Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law visited Moritz earlier this month to discuss his latest book, “The Prohibition Era and Policing: A Legacy of Misregulation,” on behalf of the college’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC).
“There is no limit to how much you can discriminate against a person with a criminal record,” Berman said.