DAs Making it Easier to Clear California Cannabis Convictions

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DAs Making it Easier to Clear California Cannabis ConvictionsSan Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has pledged to start expunging the county's cannabis convictions on his own. (Josh Edelson/AP)Two years ago, Sacramento County District Attorney Ann-Marie Schubert was an ardent opponent of Proposition 64, California’s cannabis legalization measure. The matter could be a potential political consideration in county district attorney races across the state this year. Prop. 64 reduced penalties for cannabis offenses and allowed people with marijuana convictions to file legal petitions to have the charges reduced or cleared. It’s instructive to look into the rejected petitions, which offer a sense of where the district attorney is drawing the line. The district attorney instead declared it was up to people with cannabis offenses to file petitions to have convictions cleared or reduced.

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DAs Making it Easier to Clear California Cannabis Convictions

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has pledged to start expunging the county's cannabis convictions on his own. (Josh Edelson/AP)

Two years ago, Sacramento County District Attorney Ann-Marie Schubert was an ardent opponent of Proposition 64, California’s cannabis legalization measure. She blasted the initiative as a threat to children and as a vehicle for convicted drug dealers to enter the legal marijuana trade.

District attorneys in San Francisco and San Diego announced that they would unilaterally review more than 12,000 cases involving cannabis to revise or expunge the charges.

But after state voters approved Prop. 64, Schubert directed her office to create a framework to respond to requests from former cannabis defendants wanting convictions modified or expunged, as allowed under the wording of the initiative.

“Since it has passed, she (Schubert) is here to enforce the law—and...

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