Stream Of Offenders Freed By Prop 64 Turns Into A Flood

California voters approved marijuana legalization exactly a month ago today. But even before a single vote was counted, law-enforcement officials in San Diego County were proactively preparing to let former marijuana “offenders” out of jail. Long one of the country’s most marijuana-friendly states, all California adults aged 21 and up can now legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes following the landslide approval of Prop. 64 on Nov. 8. While retail marijuana shops won’t be in business until 2018, the new possession limits went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 9—which was when anyone in custody for a former “crime” could petition for release. And criminal justice officials were ready. Well before the vote, San Diego-based KPBS reports, prosecutors and court officials sifted through court records with defense attorneys to identify anyone “in custody, so we could accomplish [their release] that much faster,” said Rachel Solov with the San...



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