San Francisco To Wipe Felonies Off Drug Traffickers' Records

San Francisco has begun the process of reversing thousands of marijuana convictions for things now legal under Prop 64.

​San Francisco, CA – The city of San Francisco will retroactively apply California’s new marijuana legalization laws to nearly 5,000 prior convictions, and reduce or expunge felony convictions going back to 1975, according to the district attorney’s office.

About 5,000 felony marijuana convictions will be reviewed and resentenced, and more than 3,000 misdemeanors will be dismissed and sealed, according to District Attorney George Gascón, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Gascón said the city was doing it to clear people’s records of crimes that can prevent them from getting jobs and housing.

California Proposition 64, known as the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was approved by voters in 2016 by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin.

The measure legalized growing and using marijuana for personal use, according to Ballotpedia.

Under the new law, people who were convicted of marijuana crimes in the past that are no longer illegal can petition the court to have those convictions removed from their records, as long as they aren’t a danger to the public.

Former drug dealers and traffickers can also petition the court to have marijuana-related felonies reduced to a misdemeanor.

"While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again 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," Gascón said in a statement. "Long ago we lost our ability to distinguish the dangerous from the nuisance, and it has broken our pocketbooks, the fabric of our communities, and we are no safer for it."

Los Angeles defense attorney Eric Shevin, who specializes in marijuana law, told the Los Angeles Times that many people don't know they can wipe out their convictions. He also said many people can't afford the expense of the expungement process.

Gascón said that was why San Francisco prosecutors will review and wipe out convictions en masse, rather than leaving it to people to petition the courts individually and at their own expense, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

It was not clear whether any other counties planned to follow the notoriously liberal San Francisco’s lead, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

This right here is great news.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

MORE Californication filth. Anyone and I mean ANYONE who "needs" to use pot, should just put a plastic bag over your head and QUIT USING OXYGEN.

Old Fokker
Old Fokker

One more snowflake and it may snow in SanFran. Not to mention the Future problems for the enforcement of State and Federal law. In the meantime, Standing laws could be used to indict mayors and their minions. Git 'er done.

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator Analfornian thug part of your felony record will soon be wiped clean !

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

@RunCop lol good one!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Teijeiro2 so I suppose cancer patients, anorexics, seizure sufferers and those with multiple sclerosis should die then?

You're a fucking clown.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Itis the right thing to do. They are crimes that should have never been crimes to begin with. Good job SF!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop great news for me, right?

And your great news is that its okay to be homosexual. With all the gay innuendo you toss around, you should just start living your truth. It makes life easier, friend.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Don't fight it. Just come out of that deep dark closet and be free !! Think of the weight that would be lifted. Who knows, you may almost be pleasant to be around after you do.

M9013
M9013

Doing it for the votes. That and just that. Pathetic

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@M9013 I dont care if it's for votes or not. It helps people who shouldn't have been hurt in the first place.

It's like Amazon donating shoes to 100 homeless people. I dont care if they use the footage for advertising, 100 people just got shoes.

Twrs1967
Twrs1967

They were charged prior to legalizing marijuana, the verdict should still be upheld. This is ludicrous to let out felons to make room in prisons.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Wow, Runcop, you do play the gay card a lot. Maybe you need to talk to someone.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop so two people call you out on your rampant gay jokes, and all of a sudden we're gay?

That's called deflection. If you like dudes, you like dudes @RunCop. No one cares.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop did you just
"I'M NOT GAY YOU ARE!"

Haha.

Ephraim U
Ephraim U

THis is the most blatant tactic for increasing Dem votes yet scammed. California should be burned to the ground.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ephraim U that doesn't make sense. California is in no danger of turning republican. This is just allowing people to have a regular life after serving their time.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Of course just let all the criminals off. It will chase all the good people out of there. that's what they want