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Several major changes are coming to California criminal law in 2017. The biggest change will occur if Prop 64 passes because it would legalize marijuana in the state. Governor Brown signed into law three significant changes to California laws on rape and sexual assault. Other new laws include a restriction on holding a cell phone while driving, increased rights to prisoners who wish to challenge convictions with new evidence, and a prohibition on employers asking employees an...d applicants about their juvenile criminal records.
PROP 64: LEGALIZES MARIJUANA
If it passes, Prop 64 will legalize marijuana for use by adults age 21 or older. It is also retroactive. The law authorizes resentencing for prior marijuana convictions and the destruction of those criminal records. Thousands of Californians would have their criminal records and sentences reduced.
The law would also establish regulations for marijuana growers and dispensaries, prohibitions on marketing toward children, and an excise tax rate of 15%. The law is expected to save tens of millions of dollars per year on criminal justice costs and raise hundreds of millions in tax revenue.
It’s important to note that Prop 64 would not change the fact that marijuana is illegal under federal law.
Be prepared. Make sure you and your friends know your rights.
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