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L.A. county to dismiss 66,000 pot convictions

A partnership between the Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Code for America has announced that 66,000 marijuana convictions will be dismissed under Proposition 64, a state law that legalized recreational pot use for adults.

Los Angeles County D.A. Jackie Lacey

The action in Los Angeles completes a five-county Clear My Record pilot that includes San Francisco, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa counties. The counties are expected to dismiss more than 85,000 Proposition 64 eligible convictions.  

“The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered unjust consequences of our nation’s drug laws,” Lacey said.

Prosecutors have asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to dismiss 62,000 felony cannabis convictions that date back to 1961.

 The District Attorney’s Office also sought dismissal of approximately 4,000 misdemeanor cannabis possession cases that included cases filed in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance, Pasadena, Inglewood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach.

Approximately 53,000 individuals will receive conviction relief through the partnership between the District Attorney’s Office and Code for America. 

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