Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Kaplan hosts Prop 64 forum to help expunge pot-related offenses

Lesbian Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan (at-large) will hold a community forum aimed at educating the public about how to expunge a marijuana criminal record under Proposition 64, the voter-approved ballot measure that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.

(Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

(Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

While the initiative was approved last November, marijuana cannot yet be legally purchased for recreational use, as regulations are supposed to go into effect in 2018. Medical use of cannabis is allowed, as it has been for 20 years after the passage of Proposition 215.

The forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Oakland Senior Center, 9255 Edes Avenue.

City Council President Larry Reid and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley are co-sponsoring the event.

In addition to legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana, Prop 64 also includes provisions allowing for reduction or elimination (expungement) of prior marijuana conviction criminal records.

“Prop 64 recognizes that it makes no sense to penalize individuals and communities for engaging in conduct that is widely accepted, permitted, and regulated by the city of Oakland, and which Californians have made clear that we no longer consider a crime,” Kaplan said in a statement.

Kaplan noted that the marijuana prosecutions over the years have disproportionately targeted people of color, especially African-Americans.

“Prop 64 helps end the ongoing damage caused by the ‘war on marijuana’ by letting people with prior records get them cleared,” she added. “This is a great thing, and this forum provides us the opportunity to spread the word.”

There is no cost to attend. To register, click here.

— Cynthia Laird, April 6, 2017 @ 2:19 pm PST
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