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  • Post Time Posted August 23, 2018
The California State Legislature passed a bill yesterday that will require prosecutors in the state to erase or reduce thousands of past marijuana-related criminal convictions. When signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the bill could reduce or erase almost 220,000 cases on file. 

When proposition 64 was voted on by California citizens in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana, it also gave those with past cannabis convictions the right to petition to have their records cleared.
 
The proposition however did not provide procedures or guidelines on how to do so, and the new bill is meant to  address that issue. Now, the marijuana-related offenses will automatically be reduced or omitted, rather than having people initiate the process themselves. 

The bill will order the state Department of Justice to find eligible cases between 1975 and 2016 and pass them along the appropriate prosecutors. Misdemeanor convictions are eligible to be erased and felonies eligible to be reduced to misdemeanors.

Source: https://news.medicalmarijuanainc.com/california-bill-marijuana/

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