With California’s legalization of recreational marijuana earlier this year, many cities are doing away with old marijuana convictions, including the city of San Francisco.
The city is adopting a software app called Clear My Record, that will help it automatically clear old marijuana convictions.
The city’s top prosecutor, District Attorney George Gascón is woring with a tech nonprofit to develop the app. It would automate the process for individuals who have past marijuana convictions to get them cleared from their record.
The announcement was made this week by the district attorney’s office.
“When the government uses 20th-century tools to tackle 21st-century problems, it’s the public that pays the price,” remarked Gascón.
Gascón said in January that his office would automatically be applying the law to all misdemeanor and felony cases in San Francisco dating back to 1975. This means the office will be reviewing around 8,000 cases.