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Huntsville-area groups appeal for end to marijuana arrests

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Some civic and political groups are urging Huntsville-area officials to stop criminally charging people who have marijuana.

The Huntsville Times reports that the Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance and 20 other groups sent a letter urging local police and prosecutors to stop enforcing laws against marijuana possession. The letter argues that stopping enforcement would ease racial disparities in policing and allow officials to focus on violent crimes.

Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard says he dismissed the letter because he's sworn to uphold the law.

Jefferson County last year withdrew a plan to end arrests for some misdemeanors including marijuana possession.

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