Alameda County judge orders thousands of marijuana cases reduced

OAKLAND – An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Friday signed an order reducing thousands of felony marijuana cases to misdemeanors and misdemeanor marijuana cases to infractions.

Signed by Judge Charles Smiley, the order follows the 2016 passage of Proposition 64 that legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults. The law also decreased penalties for possession with intent to sell, sales, transportation and cultivation of marijuana.

District attorney’s offices across California had until July 1 to implement the new law.

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