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San Francisco will erase thousands of criminal records for cannabis users

For the first time in the United States, the San Francisco prosecutor's office announced an amnesty for some 3 criminal cases. They have concerned residents of the city since 000 for minor marijuana offenses.

San Francisco will activate the new California legislation retroactively, leading to the suppression of thousands of criminal proceedings accumulated over the past 40 years for the possession or use of cannabis.

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District Attorney George Gascon has announced on Monday that the amnesty would cover several decades.

This decision will allow thousands of residents who have been charged in the past to be exonerated and thus no longer hamper the prospect of finding employment and being eligible for government benefits.

“A criminal conviction can be a barrier to employment, housing and other subsidies,” he argues.

Instead of leaving this process to the courts, Gascon announced that the San Francisco attorney's office would do it for its residents. This will save time and money.

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Eliminate minor inferences

According to Gascon, the Claims Department will remove more than 3 000 cannabis charges accrued from 1975. Prosecutors will review cases and, if necessary, 4 940 lockers will be re-evaluated.

“Instead of waiting for people to sign a petition for the community to demand, we decided to do it ourselves,” he said. “We believe it's the right thing to do, so we do it. "

However, those with a criminal history independent of cannabis will not be entitled to such relief. The elimination of minor offenses will be the priority.

"We still have a lot of work to do and we will be able to better assess the situation from the start of the work and I hope that the elected representatives will follow the same path", declared Mr. Gascon.

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The people of California confirmed the full legalization of cannabis in a referendum in 2016. This also concerns the opening of stores. Since the beginning of the year, dozens of stores have opened and legal trade has also started in San Francisco.

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