With the passage of Proposition 64, California legalized recreational marijuana. While many Californians rejoiced and celebrated legalization, others faced a sobering reality: The law did not offer any relief to people who currently have convictions for cannabis crimes that would be undone by Prop 64. Los Angeles has decided it will soon dismiss nearly 60,000 such cases and pay them compensation through the LACBA’s 2019 budget instead—the largest sum ever spent on pot pardons in US history。

The “LA county decriminalization” is a law that will dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana convictions. The law was passed by the LA City Council on Tuesday and goes into effect on Wednesday.

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On Monday, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that over 60,000 marijuana-related convictions will be overturned.

Last year, the office of the former Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, tried to expunge 66,000 marijuana convictions that occurred before Proposition 64, the state’s statute allowing recreational marijuana use, was enacted by voters.

According to The LA Times, Lacey’s list was developed using data from the California Department of Justice, and Gascón claimed his office was able to find tens of thousands more qualified instances by examining LA County court records.

In a statement, Gascón said, “Dismissing these convictions signifies the potential of a brighter future for thousands of marginalized individuals who are getting this long-needed relief.” “It makes it easier for people to get employment, housing, and other services that were previously unavailable due to unfair cannabis regulations.”

Gascón has long advocated for attempts to address what he regards as the nation’s drug war’s racially unfair and unnecessarily punishing impacts. He sought the cancellation of roughly 9,000 felony and minor marijuana convictions before the passing of Proposition 64 while serving as San Francisco’s top prosecutor.

Prop 207, Arizona’s new recreational marijuana legislation, provides provisions for expunging records connected to marijuana-related arrests, charges, adjudications, convictions, and sentences. Individuals may use the state’s website to see whether they qualify for expungement and to get paperwork and instructions for applying.

The “la county da” is a law that will allow nearly 60,000 marijuana convictions to be dismissed. The LA County District Attorney’s office will no longer prosecute marijuana cases brought before the courts after December 31, 2018.

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