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US Los Angeles DA moves to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana convictions

04:05  28 september  2021
04:05  28 september  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

Los Angeles County drops 60K marijuana convictions to clear 'barriers' in today's society, hopes to spur national trend

  Los Angeles County drops 60K marijuana convictions to clear 'barriers' in today's society, hopes to spur national trend Advocates say people in states where marijuana is now legal should check their record to see if they are eligible for expungement of past convictions.The country's largest prosecutor's office and advocates are calling on other jurisdictions to do the same and remove convictions they say can create barriers for people to participate in today's society.

"The dismissal of 60 , 000 marijuana related cases by DA Gascón is a pivotal step in reforming our criminal justice system. This sends the right signal to the community that the nation was wrong in its 'war on marijuana ' and that criminal convictions for marijuana offenses have a disproportionately As the co-author of Proposition 64, the 2016 measure that made cannabis legal in California, District Attorney Gascón has been at the forefront in eliminating prior cannabis convictions . In Los Angeles County, roughly 66,000 cannabis convictions were dismissed last year after Assembly Bill 1793 was

According to the Los Angeles Times, The move was confirmed Thursday by county District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who underscored the way drug war enforcement disproportionately affected people of color. "I am privileged to be part of a system dedicated to finding innovative solutions and implementing meaningful criminal justice reform that gives all people the support they need to build the life they deserve." According to the presser, the order will toss out 62, 000 felony convictions —most of which were for marijuana sales and cultivation—as well as nearly 4, 000 misdemeanor possession

Prosecutors in Los Angeles will move to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana-related convictions, about five years after California voters approved recreational cannabis, the district attorney's office said Monday.

  Los Angeles DA moves to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana convictions © Provided by NBC News

Officials identified about 58,000 cases that are eligible for dismissal, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said. The cases go back three decades.

Last year, then-District Attorney Jackie Lacey dismissed 66,000 convictions related to pot.

Gascón, who was elected district attorney for Los Angeles in November, said the new dismissals would mean the possibility of a better future for thousands.

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Los Angeles County is moving to dismiss nearly 60 , 000 marijuana convictions , an ongoing effort to reverse the "injustices of drug laws," District Attorney George Gascon announced Monday. Why it matters: It comes more than four years after Californians voted to legalize the drug, and two years after state law What they're saying: " Dismissing these convictions means the possibility of a better future to thousands of disenfranchised people who are receiving this long-needed relief," Gascon said in a statement. "It clears the path for them to find jobs, housing and other services that previously were

Nearly 66, 000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed thanks in part to state laws that paved the way for the action, the county district attorney said Thursday.

"It clears the path for them to find jobs, housing and other services that previously were denied to them because of unjust cannabis laws," Gascón said in a statement.

The 66,000 cases dismissed last year relied on data from the state department of justice, Gascon's office said.

The 58,000 cases now being dismissed were found after a review of county court records, he said.

California voters in 2016 approved a measure to legalize recreational marijuana. Prosecutors and officials in other states have also moved to expunge or dismiss pot convictions after recreational marijuana became legal.

New York began automatically expunging criminal records of people with certain marijuana convictions after recreational marijuana was legalized earlier this year. A 2019 law decriminalized possession and also led to records being expunged.

Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, but not all have set up legalized sales yet.

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