Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic Lt. Gov. for the previous six years, was an early supporter of marijuana legalization. A candidate for governor in 2018, Newsom took to social media Thursday to precise his help for ending marijuana prohibition as a way of “fixing a broken system.”
According to The Washington Post, California’s elected officers are “offering a second chance to people convicted of almost any marijuana crimes, from serious felonies to small infractions, with the opportunity to have their criminal records cleared or the charges sharply reduced.”
And that’s one thing Gavin Newsom strongly helps.
Legalizing marijuana is, at its core, about legal justice reform. It’s about ending the failed struggle on medicine and fixing a damaged system that has disproportionately affected low-income and minority communities.
Proud of the work California is doing.https://t.co/vuhvPfAIm3
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 21, 2017
An August 2016 report generated by the Drug Policy Alliance signifies almost half one million Californians have been arrested for marijuana-related crimes between 2006 and 2015 – regardless of the state’s progressive marijuana legal guidelines.
These arrests created financial strife for a lot of strong, hard-working Americans and left these with weed-related convictions to wrestle with restricted entry to instructional, employment, and housing alternatives.
But with the passage of Proposition 64, some fortunate Californians will profit from the chance to have their previous convictions “reclassified” beneath the state’s present regulation, in response to the Post.
“Those who want their marijuana convictions lessened must present their cases in court. Prosecutors can decide not to support a reduction should someone have a major felony, such as murder, on their record. Old convictions will be reclassified under the law as it reads now. For example, if someone had been convicted of possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, that conviction would be tossed out because that is now legal in California.”
A front-runner to turn into California’s subsequent governor on Nov. 6, 2018, Newsom has lengthy embraced reforming the state’s antiquated marijuana legal guidelines and has actively lobbied for help from the business’s stakeholders. As of July 2017, Newsom had collected over $317,000 in “cannabis-connected donations,” which was roughly $312,000 greater than gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa.