Thousands of Pot Convictions Reduced or Expunged in San Mateo and Alameda
Thousands of marijuana convictions in Alameda and San Mateo counties have been reduced to misdemeanors or minor infractions.
On Wednesday, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Eric Geffon expunged 13,000 minor marijuana convictions. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Charles Smiley signed a similar order Friday after the district attorney’s office provided the court with a list of 6,921 felony cases and 1,235 misdemeanor cases eligible for reduction under a 2018 law.
“Judge Smiley ordered dismissed all cases that had not already been dismissed, and ordered that all cases reduced to infractions be sealed,” the district attorney’s office said.
Until July 1, 2020, many convicts had to initiate the process to reduce or expunge their marijuana records themselves. A bill passed in 2018 put the onus on government to erase or reduce applicable convictions preemptively.
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