California County Set To Expunge 11,500 Cannabis Convictions

More than 11,500 convictions for cannabis offenses are set to be expunged or reduced in Santa Clara County, California this week as part of a continuing effort to clear criminal records of actions that are no longer a violation of state law. The expungements are scheduled to be granted on Wednesday by Judge Eric S. Geffon, according to a release from the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

“The Santa Clara County Superior Court is pleased to be able to order the record clearance of thousands of people today,” Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan said in a statement that noted the collateral damage of marijuana convictions. “We hope this process will provide a sense of closure to those individuals. Having a clear record also will assist those seeking employment, an issue that is especially important as businesses begin the process of reopening.”

9,000 Defendants Affected

The move by prosecutors in Santa Clara County, home to California’s Silicon Valley, will vacate or reduce in excess of 11,500 convictions for more than 9,000 defendants. The expungements were authorized by Prop. 64, the 2016 ballot initiative that legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana in California.

The pace to clear the criminal records

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