With recreational marijuana legalization already enacted in nine states, most recently Vermont and California last month, prosecutors in San Francisco will be dismissing thousands of marijuana-related convictions of residents dating back to 1975, reports NPR.
Three-thousand thirty-eight misdemeanor convictions dating back before the state’s legalization of marijuana went into effect will be thrown out, shared San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. Additionally, prosecutors will review up to 4,940 felony convictions and consider reducing them to misdemeanors.
Gascón further shared in a statement that “a criminal conviction can be a barrier to employment, housing and other benefits, so instead of waiting for the community to take action, we’re taking action for the community.” He added, San Francisco was “taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.”
For additional details, be sure to read the full story on NPR.
Now, here’s how the marijuana industry is reacting to the legal drama.
- Source: NPR
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