VIDEO: San Francisco District Attorney to dismiss thousands of marijuana cases

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Wednesday plans to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana cases.

Gascón unveiled the new policy during a press conference at his office nearly a month after the use of recreational marijuana was legalized.

He said that his office will dismiss nearly 3,000 misdemeanor cases and review nearly 5,000 felony cases for possible action.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, they will be retroactively applying Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older, to misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975.

Gascón believes the war on drugs was a failure and resulted in broken communities.

A misdemeanor or felony conviction for the possession of marijuana could have serious implications for employment, housing, and many other benefits, Gascón said.

Under the city’s new policy, open misdemeanor marijuana cases will be dismissed. Those who were convicted of marijuana offenses will have their cases sealed.

The city will also provide relief without people having to file for it or hire an attorney.

This move aims to reduce the burden on people who’d normally have to spend time and money applying to have their records expunged.

Certain felony cases will be reviewed and may be reclassified as a misdemeanor under certain circumstances.

Consistent with Proposition 64, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office new policy will affect individuals who had suffered a conviction for:

  • Possession of 28.5 grams or less of Marijuana pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 11357; or
  • Possession of 8 grams or less of Concentrated Cannabis pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 11357, when he/she was 21 years or older, may have their record of conviction dismissed.



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