(DPA) On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64 into law, legalizing the possession, transport, purchase, consumption, and sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to eight grams of marijuana concentrates for adults aged 21 and older. Prop. 64 also reduced or eliminated criminal penalties for most marijuana offenses and made those changes retroactive for individuals who were convicted before Prop. 64 passed.
The impact of Prop. 64 on the criminal justice system was immediate. Pending felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors and many individuals held in jail were released, since most had already spent more time in jail awaiting trial than they could be sentenced to under the reduced penalties. People serving sentences in jail or on probation were also impacted when their sentences were reduced. Building on the transformative work of Prop. 47, which passed in 2014, Prop. 64 also allows individuals with prior qualifying marijuana convictions to petition a court to have their convictions reduced or dismissed.
Be sure to check www.myprop64.com for the latest information on changing criminal records under Prop 64.