Los Angeles Dismisses Another 58,000 Marijuana Convictions

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday that his office will dismiss another 58,000 marijuana convictions stretching back over three decades. The latest round will bring the number of felony and misdemeanor marijuana convictions identified for dismissal since last year to around 124,000.

The county was previously identifying cases eligible for dismissal through California Department of Justice data. This batch was identified through an examination of county court records with help from local nonprofit The Social Impact Center.

“Dismissing these convictions means the possibility of a better future to thousands of disenfranchised people who are receiving this long-needed relief," District Attorney George Gascón said Monday. "It clears the path for them to find jobs, housing and other services that previously were denied to them because of unjust cannabis laws."

Prop 64 — the ballot measure that legalized recreational cannabis — also allowed for the expungement of prior marijuana convictions. Until July 1, 2020, many convicts had to initiate the process to reduce or expunge their marijuana records themselves. A law passed in 2018 put the onus on local government to erase or reduce applicable convictions preemptively.

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