The state of California is allowing residents who have suffered the consequences of having a criminal conviction related to marijuana on their record to start over. Proposition 64 passed in California with the last election and with it a little known provision that allowed those convicted of marijuana offenses to have them removed from their record.
So far about 2,500 people have had their requests fulfilled. This does not always mean a total pardon. In some cases felonies have been reduced to misdemeanors, which in the end could help thousands more get jobs. In the US, a felony marijuana conviction could stay with you for life, barring you from gainful employment and carrying with it a stigma, that none in the cannabis world deserve.
So far, prosecutors have not stood in the way of the state’s move to end the label attached to those convicted of past marijuana crimes. For many serving active sentences, the move means reduced prison time and in some cases, no jail or probation at all. California has taken all the right steps in moving toward a fully functioning cannabis economy. The retroactive pardoning of charges that really should never have been crimes in the first place, shows that California remains one of the foremost progressive domains in the world of legal cannabis.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.