DA’s office to focus on overturning prior marijuana convictions

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According to a recent press release from the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, the passage of Proposition 64, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, established protocols for redesignating, dismissing and sealing convictions for Health & Safety Code sections 11357, 11358, 11359, and 11360. While dozens of convictions have successfully been reduced and dismissed, there remain upwards of 3,000 prior convictions that have not yet been acted upon.

Because of this, District Attorney Ravitch has directed her office to begin proactively searching for such cases, and where appropriate, to unilaterally initiate reduction and/or expungement proceedings.

“With Proposition 64 California voters clearly indicated their intent to offer people convicted of cannabis related offenses to have their records cleared. Further, the state legislature is currently contemplating legislation that would pave the way for the automatic expungement or reduction of cannabis related convictions.  Therefore, my goal is to do whatever I can within the resources at my disposal to be consistent with this intent.  As a result, my office has actively started to search for and review prior cannabis-related convictions that are eligible.  We will also continue to work with individuals and attorneys to process their applications in a timely manner.” Ravitch said.

If you believe you, or someone you know, may be eligible to have a cannabis related conviction reduced, dismissed, and sealed, please visit our Proposition 64 web page at da.sonoma-county.org or email us at Prop64@sonoma-county.org to initiate the process of review. Staff from the DA’s Office will contact you.

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