The District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday that his office will dismiss nearly 2,500 misdemeanor cases and review nearly 5,000 felony cases for possible action.
San Francisco will apply California’s new marijuana legalization laws to prior convictions, expunging or reducing misdemeanors and felonies dating to 1975, the district attorney’s office noted.
Proposition 64 legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It also allowed people convicted of marijuana charges to petition courts to toss out the cases or reduce penalties.
District Attorney Gascon said that process could be time consuming and costly for taxpayers, so the prosecutors in the DA’s office plan to review & wipe out all eligible cases en masse.
There is also a petition currently going around to have some crimes reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, including possession of more than an ounce of cannabis by anyone that is 18 or older.
There are other lawmakers in the state working for legislation that would require other state District Attorneys to take action.
Heres DA George Gascon’s statement:
“While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.
Long ago we lost our ability to distinguish the dangerous from the nuisance, and it has broken our pocketbooks, the fabric of our communities, and we are no safer for it.”
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