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Los Angeles to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions: DA

About 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed, according to the countys district attorney on Thursday.

The dismissals include 62,000 felony convictions for marijuana cases dating back to 1961 and around 4,000 misdemeanor cases, District Attorney Jackie Laceys office said in a news release.

“I am privileged to be part of a system dedicated to finding innovative solutions and implementing meaningful criminal justice reform that gives all people the support they need to build the life they deserve,” she said. “This is a clear demonstration that automatic record clearance is possible at scale and can help to right the wrongs of the failed war on drugs.”

Her office said that about 53,000 people will obtain receive conviction relief, saying that 32 percent are black, 20 percent are white, 45 percent are Latino, and 3 percent are unknown.

“As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of their criminal record,” Lacey said in a press conference in announcing the move. She added that its the largest mass dismissal of marijuana cases in state history.

In 2016, California voters legalized recreational marijuana usage in a referendum. The initiative also made it possible for people who were previously convicted of possessing, growing, selling, or traRead More – Source