Sep 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

LA County to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana-related convictions

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón. Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

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 Gascón announced Monday.

Why it matters: It comes more than four years after Californians voted to legalize the drug, and two years after state law tasked prosecutors to review the convictions.

  • About 20,000 of the convictions to be dismissed were for "felony possession or cultivation of marijuana," with some cases dating as far back as the 1970s, per the Los Angeles Times.
  • Roughly 66,000 cannabis convictions were dismissed in Los Angeles County last year, per the release. Gascón, acting as district attorney for San Francisco, had expunged more than 9,300 cases in 2019.

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," Gascón said in a statement.

  • "It clears the path for them to find jobs, housing and other services that previously were denied to them because of unjust cannabis laws," he added.
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