Thursday, 30 August 2018

California Measure Would Expunge Many Marijuana-Related Crimes

quote [ California lawmakers have approved a measure requiring prosecutors to expunge convictions or reduce sentences for many marijuana-related convictions dating back decades. The bill is now awaiting a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, passed by the state Senate on Wednesday, would require the state's Department of Justice to review cases dating as far back as 1975 until 2016 to determine their eligibility. ]

I was wondering why the bombardment of anti-legalization propaganda in the media in San Diego was all of a sudden flooding us here in the SOCAL area.The prison industrial complex does seem to be in quite the tizzy right now over it. We'll see if their mighty lobbying arm reaches Brown's office. Link to full release of the bill in extended.

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[by knumbknutz@10:59pmGMT]


zarathustra said @ 11:35pm GMT on 30th Aug [Score:3 Insightful]
Interesting. I wonder how this will effect those convicted of other crimes who had a sentencing enhancement due to a retroactively expunged crime. While I do not know California state law or it it would be applicable, it would be nice to see some of the victims of three strike laws get released because of this. ( makes me also wonder if it would have a ripple effect, that is could someone sentenced under a three-strike provision in another state challenge their sentence there if one of the underlying crimes was a California crime subsequently expunged.)
norok said @ 3:47pm GMT on 31st Aug [Score:-1 Flamebait]
Why is "anti-legalization propaganda" even a thing today? Seems like a terrible waste of money.
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:52pm GMT on 31st Aug
There are lots of businesses that may make less money if weed becomes legal. So they try to prevent that.
knumbknutz said @ 10:44pm GMT on 31st Aug
Its mostly the for-profit prison lobby that has their panties in a bunch about it. They are going to take a bath if Brown signs this into law and they start releasing non-violent marijuana prisoners, now that it is legal in California.

Speaking of which - I have some purple-banjo that's calling my name on a Friday afternoon...

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