SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Amazing news! Thousands of marijuana convictions are about to be wiped away thanks to Proposition 64.
According to the city of San Francisco’s District Attorney’s Office, big things are about to happen for the Bay Area.
The source mentions that there are plans to retroactively apply California’s current marijuana legalization laws to past criminal cases dating back decades.
BREAKING: San Francisco will retroactively apply California’s marijuana-legalization laws to past criminal cases, says DA George Gascón.
This means prosecutors will review and wipe out convictions instead of leaving it up to individuals to petition the courts. pic.twitter.com/e3RtAxnLMS
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 31, 2018
Reportedly, District Attorney George Gascón says the new policy will apply Proposition 64 to approximately 5,000 felony marijuana convictions and more than 3,000 misdemeanors — all dating as far back as 1975.
The DA mentions as follows.
“While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.”
According to the source, thousands of felony marijuana convictions will be reviewed, recalled, and resentenced. Likewise, misdemeanors will be dismissed and sealed.
The move will affect thousands of people whose #marijuana convictions brand them with criminal histories that can hurt chances for finding jobs and obtaining some government benefits. https://t.co/8dbmRBmgaF
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 31, 2018
Proposition 64 is such an accommodating law that it even allows those 21 or older to legally use and grow cannabis, as well as possessing up to a ounce.
As far as livelihood, Gascón mentions that criminal convictions of any kind “can be a barrier to employment, housing and other benefits.”
With that in mind, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom notes that he hopes the policy will help remedy the burden of convictions to “primarily people of color, whose lives were long ago derailed by a costly, broken, and a racially discriminatory system.”
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 1, 2018
Well, amen to that!
According to the source, over two million people were arrested in California between 1915 and 2016 for marijuana. However, only 4,885 residents have filed petitions to have their convictions reduced or removed thus far.
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