DA moves to dismiss more than 1,000 marijuana convictions in Santa Cruz County

DA moves to dismiss more than 1,000 marijuana convictions in Santa Cruz County



SANTA CRUZ — More than a thousand marijuana-related convictions dating back as far as 1969 may soon be thrown out in Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Thursday he has petitioned local courts to reduce, dismiss and seal a total of 1,169 marijuana cases involving 1,085 defendants.

“Our office recognized the undue burden that these prior convictions can have on people’s livelihood, both past and present,” Rosell said in a prepared release. “The decision to dismiss these cases provides much-needed relief to the non-violent people caught up in the ‘war on drugs’ and level the playing field for people convicted of crimes that are no longer crimes.”

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