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Bad timing: End to pot prosecutions comes too late for many

Bad timing: End to pot prosecutions comes too late for many

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They might be the unluckiest pot smokers in New York. Saying the government's war on marijuana has hit minorities too hard, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said last month that his office would stop prosecuting people for simple possession or public use of the drug as of Aug. 1. But that midsummer start date comes too late for the people still being dragged into court on the charge now. College student Allain Laporte, 24, was pinched by police in April for smoking marijuana on a bench in Union Square. "I had no idea there were two undercover detectives across from me who waited till I almost finished the joint," he said. "They came up to me, confiscated the joint, patted me down, put handcuffs on my wrists and brought me to the precinct. It was embarrassing." He was fingerpri...