Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Thursday that a Superior Court judge will be dismissing approximately 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1961.
A total of 62,000 felony cannabis convictions and 4,000 misdemeanor cases will be dismissed across 10 cities in LA County.
When the state of California passed Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana, prosecutors were given the task to reduce previous marijuana convictions from felonies to misdemeanors, Lacey said during a press conference.
Her office decided to take the mandate one step further.
"I've instructed by deputy district attorneys to ask the court to dismiss all eligible cannabis-related convictions," Lacey said. "I also took the will of the voters one step further. I expanded the criteria to go above and beyond the parameters of the law to ensure that many more people will benefit from this historic moment in time."
The criteria in which a person is eligible to have their cannabis-related convictions dismissed includes the following:
- Anyone 50 years of age or older
- Anyone who has not been convicted of a crime in the last 10 years
- Anyone with a conviction who completed probation
- Anyone with a conviction under the age of 21