Thousands of Old Los Angeles County Marijuana Convictions Will Be Expunged
L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced this week that nearly 66,000 convictions for marijuana crimes are being dismissed. The move is part of a statewide effort to retroactively undo some of the drug war’s long-term damage.
Proposition 64, passed by voters in 2016 to legalize the recreational sale and use of marijuana, made it possible for people who have been convicted of old marijuana charges to have those convictions reversed and the records purged. A subsequent bill passed in 2018, A.B. 1793, ordered prosecutors across the state to review records eligible for relief under Prop. 64 by July 2020.
San Francisco County, under then–District Attorney George Gascón, announced in January 2018 that it was partnering with Code for America to create an algorithmic system to track down citizens who qualify for relief. The pilot program includes several other counties in the state, including Los Angeles.
According to Lacey’s announc
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