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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, December 28, 2017

"Pot Legalization Is Transforming California’s Criminal Justice Landscape. Here’s How."

Mother Jones has the story, via the NACDL news scan:

We answer many of your legalization questions right here. But with legal sales on the horizon, you might also be wondering: What happens to the people already in jail on marijuana charges? And how will pot be policed? And will that old conviction still be on my record?

In fact, the punishment schemes changed in November 2016, at which time people serving sentences for or previously convicted of a cannabis-related offense could start applying to have their sentences reduced or convictions “redesignated.” More than 4,500 people have already done so, and the legal changes could have a profound impact on hundreds of thousands of lives down the road. Here’s a rundown of what’s changed, and what to expect come January.

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