(NPR) — Los Angeles County's district attorney has asked a judge to dismiss and seal the records of 62,000 felony cannabis convictions for cases as early as 1961 — as well as 3,700 misdemeanor cannabis possession cases.
“We believe it is the largest effort in California to wipe out old criminal convictions in a single court motion,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.
The move comes about a year and a half after Lacey agreed to partner with Code for America in a pilot program that uses an algorithm to identify convictions that qualify for resentencing or dismissal under the state's Proposition 64.
The voter-approved measure legalized recreational marijuana and mandated resentencing for those with felony conviction for the cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana and sales and/or transport of marijuana. It also included dismissing misdemeanor possession charges.
As a result, prosecutors throughout the state have been under pressure to meet a July 1, 2020, deadline to expunge or reduce all eligible convictions.