SF retroactively applying marijuana legalization, wiping out old convictions

The Hill

BY JOHN BOWDEN – 

The city of San Francisco will retroactively apply the state’s new marijuana legalization law to past cases, a move that will wipe thousands of criminal convictions off the books, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the move Wednesday and said that thousands of misdemeanor and felony convictions going back decades will be expunged or reduced.

The decision will affect thousands of city residents whose convictions hurt their chances for employment or obtaining some government benefits.

 

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