Kulture by Claude J. Easy February 1, 2018
Expect to have your marijuana misdemeanors and felonies expunged and reviewed if you ever got caught up after 1975 in San Francisco, California.
A new law backed by District Attorney George Gascon promises to give those affected by the War on Drugs a second chance. According to WaPo, DA Gascon said at a news conference on Wednesday,
“We want to address the wrongs that were caused by the failures of the war on drugs for many years in this country and begin to fix some of the harm that was done not only to the entire nation but specifically to communities of color…”
Don’t be jelly if you’re not a San Fran resident. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of poppin’ provisional laws to come as new marijuana legalization laws come into effect. This is a reason to celebrate with a fat one.
Still, it will be brolic to petition the courts in regard to getting bagged for the loud. The Drug Policy Agency said, there have been 500,000 arrests for marijuana offenses in California in the past 10 years, and it estimates up to a million people have reviewable convictions on their records.
That’s a lot of cases to review, but DA Gascon and other officials are working hard to ensure the petition process is stupid light for those who have not seen the provision publicized in lower income areas.
So far, since the provision went into effect in November 2016, 4,500 people have petitioned to have their convictions changed and DA Gascon is starting to automatically change and review thousands of cases at no cost.
San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen told WaPo, “There are thousands of cases that are going to be dismissed at no cost.”
The future looks bright for those who are ousted from the benefits to be reaped from the legalization of marijuana because of felony and misdemeanor convictions.
It’s already wild tough to cop a loan to start your own business. Imagine trying to start your own dispensary but you can’t because you got bagged for selling the haze in 1994. It just makes no sense.
Laws like this will push the Kulture forward. Isn’t that all that we hope for in 2018? Let’s get it.