California: Santa Clara County Officials Dismiss Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

San Jose, CA: The Office of the District Attorney for Santa Clara County (population: 1.9 million) announced that it has either reduced or expunged an estimated 13,000 marijuana convictions. The mass expungement vacates marijuana-related convictions dating as far back as 1973.

Commenting on the decision, County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said: “Too many people who have committed low-level offenses and paid their debt to society, remain hampered by old criminal records in their efforts to get back on track. The justice system must always evolve toward fairness and equality.”

The county joins Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and others in the state that have reviewed and expunged tens of thousands of past cannabis convictions.

For more information, contact California NORML.