SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office is directing staff to begin clearing nearly 3,000 cannabis-related convictions.
District Attorney Jill Ravitch revised the policy in response to Proposition 64, which California voters approved in November 2016 to legalize the adult use of marijuana and reconsiders prior marijuana convictions.READ MORE: UPDATE: Penngrove House Fire, Spot Fires Contained; Evacuations North of Petaluma Lifted
According to the district attorney’s office, there are still more than 3,000 convictions that have not yet been reduced or dismissed.
Ravitch has selected a deputy district attorney to process petitions from people who are calling for their sentences to be reduced or expunged.READ MORE: Contra Costa DA: No Charges For Richmond Officers In 2019 Fatal Shooting Of Luc Ciel
The state Legislature is also reviewing Assembly Bill 1793, which could automatically expunge or reduce cannabis-related convictions. Other municipalities such as San Francisco and Alameda County have already begun working to expunge thousands of convictions for cannabis-related offenses.
The district attorney’s office is inviting people to fill out a petition if they believe someone is eligible to have cannabis-related convictions reduced or dismissed. The office can be reached at its website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.MORE NEWS: Five-Car Pile Up Causes Massive Backup on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
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