How Does Prop. 64 Affect Those Convicted On Marijuana Charges?

Prisoners convicted on marijuana charges could soon see reduced sentences and could potentially have their criminal records wiped for related marijuana charges when Proposition 64 takes effect.

The OC Register reports that nearly 1 million people convicted for marijuana charges that range from misdemeanors and felonies will now have the option to petition to have their records changer or cleared as Prop. 64 is retroactive.

A report released by the Drug Alliance in 2015 shows that there are approximately 11,000 felony arrests for cannabis related crimes yearly, and half of the arrests lead to jail time.

The report highlights that Latinos are 26 percent more likely to face prison sentences and get arrested than whites, and blacks are five times as likely.

There are disparities in how law enforcement criminalizes and punishes minorities who face harsher sentences as opposed to whites.

California’s criminal code changes today as marijuana has been legalized which will reduce and eliminate any marijuana criminal offence.

It is important to note that the only increased fine under proposition 64 will be for smoking pot in areas where there is a ban on tobacco that can cost up to $150.

The Drug Alliance has planned free legal clinics for people interested in petitioning to have their sentence or records changed.

Read more at the OC Register


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