California’s Legal Pot Law Is Helping Give Felons Their Lives Back
Ex-cons can appeal to have their criminal records wiped clean, but the process can be convoluted and extremely expensive.
With the passage of Proposition 64 in November, Californians were finally free to enjoy recreational marijuana. For average stoners, this meant being free from the fiction that the weed they purchased was prescription medication. Minor offenses such as possession of less than an ounce of weed or possession of paraphernalia were completely decriminalized. More serious crimes, like selling or transporting weed, were reduced from felonies carrying lengthy prison sentences to mere misdemeanors.