San Francisco pardons all marijuana convictions back to 1975.
Marijuana has been used for thousands of years by people all across the world, and it has only been ‘illegal’ for a tiny amount of time.
After the social revolution in the 1960’s it must have been enormously frustrating for people indulging in the natural herb to be arrested and convicted for simply harvesting what the earth has to offer.
Open minded people probably dreamed of a day when marijuana use was not seen as some master criminal act, and in San Francisco that day has finally come.
The San Fran government have decided to dismiss ALL criminal convictions relating to marijuana all the way back to 1975.
San Francisco district attorney, George Gascon announced that he would be wiping all 3,038 marijuana convictions from the last 43 years from the records.
“Today I’m announcing that the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office proactively will be dismissing misdemeanor cases, sealing the records of those who were convicted for marijuana offenses”
A further 4,940 marijuana-related felonies will also be de-classified as misdemeanors in the groundbreaking amendments.
Gascon’s forward thinking mindset aims to reverse the damage done to society in classing people who chose to smoke weed as ‘criminals’.
“We want to address the wrongs that were caused by the failures of the war on drugs for many years in this country, and begin to fix some of the harm that was done.
Not only to the entire nation but specifically to communities of color and many others. They’re [people] tired of the war on drugs, they do not believe that was the right path to follow, and now it’s up to us to ensure that we not only implement the letter of the law, but also the spirit of the law.
“The process will take no hearings. People will not have to hire attorneys, they will never have to come to our courts. Everything will be done proactively here, by the DA’s office.”
San Francisco are not the only state taking these huge leaps forward, since the widespread relaxation of drug laws in the U.S, San Diego have also pardoned over 12,000 with a similar move.
A disproportionately high number of people of color have been discriminated against historically, with the police using drug laws in the favor.
Laura Thomas, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance said:
“The promise of Prop 64 was that we would use the legalization of adult use of marijuana in order to help repair some of the damages that have been done, primarily to communities of color in this state by the war on drugs.”