Thousands of people in San Francisco with marijuana possession misdemeanor convictions will have their criminal records and names cleared. Over four decades of criminal records will be cleared by the San Francisco district attorney’s office. San Diego is also forgiving old convictions.
Recreational marijuana became legal this year in California. While California residents with convictions on their records can apply through a costly process to have their names cleared in San Francisco and San Diego, people now need not ask. George Gascón, San Francisco’s district attorney, said his office would automatically erase over 3,000 convictions.
An additional 4,900 felony marijuana charges will be examined by prosecutors to determine if they should be retroactively reduced to misdemeanors.
San Diego has identified 4,700 cases, both felonies and misdemeanors, that will be cleared or downgraded. According to San Francisco District Attorney's Office, marijuana arrests and convictions disproportionately affected communities of color.
"On the long road to justice we cannot forget the lives damaged in its path." - Maria Calabrese, Founder, Green Bee Life