L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón said Monday that his office will dismiss nearly 60,000 old marijuana convictions.
“Dismissing these convictions means the possibility of a better future to thousands of disenfranchised people who are receiving this long-needed relief,” Gascón said in a statement.
Felicia Carbajal, executive director of The Social Impact Center, said this round of expungements should be the first step of many to come.
Carbajal’s organization works on legal relief for people who have drug convictions. They’ve found that many people are still dealing with a marijuana conviction years after cannabis legalization and a state law requiring local district attorneys to review marijuana-related convictions.