Thousands of cannabis convictions overturned in California

This will clear more than 13,000 convictions, some dating as far back as 1973

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Earlier this week, a judge signed off on Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s push to expunge the cannabis convictions of more than 9,000 people. This will clear more than 13,000 convictions, some dating as far back as 1973.

“Too many people who have committed low-level offenses and paid their debt to society remain hampered by old criminal records in their efforts to get back on track,” Rosen said. “The justice system must always evolve toward fairness and equality.”

In 2016, California’s Proposition 64 legalized the recreational use of cannabis in the state and allowed convictions for minor offenses—including sale and possession—to be removed from people’s records.

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