New Los Angeles County Cannabis Legislation Could Update 1 Million Convictions

New Los Angeles County Cannabis Legislation Could Update 1 Million Convictions

The bill, if approved, would automatically remove or reduce certain cannabis-related convictions.

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May 23, 2018
NBC Los Angeles
State by State: California

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back legislation that would automatically remove or reduce certain cannabis-related convictions.

Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis recommended support for AB 1793. The bill sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would shift the work of identifying cases eligible for dismissal or misdemeanor status to the Department of Justice, rather than individuals convicted.

"Thousands of eligible people around the state may be unaware of the opportunity to erase cannabis-related convictions and start anew," Solis said.

"The war on drugs primarily hinders communities of color, and our goal at the county is to give people second chances and remove barriers to employment and a productive and happy life."

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