(ed: meanwhile – here in new zealand..?..)
San Francisco plans to retroactively apply California’s new marijuana legalization laws to thousands of pre-existing pot related convictions – the SF district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Thousands of misdemeanors and felonies dating to 1975 will either be expunged or reduced and the lives of people convicted of those crimes will be changed for the better.
‘While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular’ SF DA Gascón today said in a statement.
‘Long ago we lost our ability to distinguish the dangerous from the nuisance and it has broken our pocketbooks – the fabric of our communities and we are no safer for it’.