CA courts failing promise to clear old marijuana convictions

by Newsfeed

California voters legalized marijuana in 2016, positioning the state as a national leader on drug reform. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 64, allows Californians to purchase and consume regulated cannabis products. For many, buying weed has now become as routine as buying groceries.

Yet one important promise of legalization remains unfulfilled. In addition to legalizing cannabis use and sales, Prop. 64 was supposed to create a path to clearing past convictions for marijuana-related crimes like possession, sale, cultivation and trafficking. Four years after Prop. 64’s passage, however, the state has fallen short.

Today, thousands of Californians could still be rejected by an employer, denied a loan, disqualified from housing or deemed ineligible for public benefits…

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