A Great Step Forward For Those With Past Marijuana Convictions

A new California law will support people with past marijuana convictions to remove their records altogether, or to significantly reduce their sentences. The act named Assembly Bill 1793, did get a majority in the California State Legislature and was signed up last Sunday by Governor Jerry Brown. It will benefit those with limited access to student loans, housing and job opportunities, because of their criminal records. Other locations enforcing this same enactment are: Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with the cities of San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego. The only difference is that California is automating the process. A great step forward in changing the social norms related to cannabis. 

Over the last 20 years, the United States has been changing its views towards cannabis, only 31 percent of adults supported legalization back in the year 2000, now it is the 61 percent of the general public. Last January, Oklahoma became the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana, and in the upcoming fall states like Utah and Missouri will join this path, while North Dakota and Michigan are discussing its recreational use right now.

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