San Francisco to Retroactively Dismiss Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions

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A man smokes a joint.  (Photo: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Wednesday that his office plans to retroactively apply Proposition 64 to past marijuana convictions by expunging and sealing all related records dating back to 1975. The measure, which California passed in November 2016, legalized recreational cannabis use and allowed those with marijuana convictions to petition courts to dismiss their cases. Gascón said the move is motivated by an effort to streamline the petition process and mitigate the harm caused by the war on drugs, especially for people of color. We speak with Gascón about the announcement.


George Gascón, district attorney, City and County of San Francisco; former chief of police, San Francisco Police Department