If You Want a Marijuana Record Cleared in L.A. County, You’ll Have to Jump Start It Yourself

As counties like San Francisco and San Diego work to automatically expunge marijuana convictions from individuals’ records, one prominent district attorney says “count me out.”

L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said her office will not be reviewing past marijuana cases for expungement absent a petition from the affected parties. People with a history of marijuana-convictions in L.A. County can still get their records wiped clean, but they’ll need to initiate the process first.

Under Proposition 64, people have a right to petition the courts for reduction or erasure of past marijuana convictions. But more than a year after the ballot measure passed, many people remain unaware of this provision.

In recent weeks, a growing number of jurisdictions have said they will take the lead in reviewing and expunging the records even without petitioning from these individuals. A bill proposed by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) would also make the process automatic.


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