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New California Bill Imposes Deadlines to Dismiss and Seal Cannabis Convictions


In 2018, a California law required the state to clear cannabis convictions—the first of its type to offer automatic record clearance for marijuana convictions. And now a new law imposes a deadline on doing so. Under the new law, the courts have a deadline of March 1, 2023 to update case records and send them to the state Department of Justice (DOJ), which maintains California’s criminal history database and responds to background checks. Additionally, the state DOJ will lead a public awareness campaign to inform people that their records have been updated and that they no longer have to disclose the information on job applications or elsewhere.


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