Feb 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Los Angeles County to clear 66,000 marijuana convictions

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Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced on Thursday plans to dismiss almost 66,000 marijuana convictions.

The big picture: Lacey cited state legislation that allows the dismissal, per CNN. In 2018, California passed AB 1793, which requires the state Justice Department to look for marijuana-related convictions that are eligible to be wiped out or downgraded to misdemeanors.

  • That followed the 2016 passage of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state and allowed Californians to petition to have old convictions expunged.
  • Prosecutors will have until July to review the cases.
  • About 45% of those who could see conviction relief are Latino and 32% are black, the district attorney's office said.

What she's saying:

"The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation's drug laws."
ā€” Jackie Lacey in a news release
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