Now that recreational marijuana is legal in California, San Francisco is leading by example and throwing out thousands of marijuana convictions. This mean the city is erasing decades of past criminal records.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new move will affect thousands of residents whose marijuana convictions have “hurt chances of finding jobs and obtaining some government benefits.” District Attorney George Gascón said his office will “dismiss and seal more than 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions in San Francisco dating back to 1975. Prosecutors will also review and, if necessary, re-sentence 4,940 felony marijuana cases.”
“Instead of waiting for people to petition — for the community to come out — we have decided that we will do so ourselves,” Gascón said. “We believe it is the right thing to do. We believe it is the just thing to do.”
As we previously reported, California’s Proposition 64 legalized recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older back in November 2017.
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