LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors in Los Angeles will move to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana-related convictions about five years after California voters approved recreational cannabis, the district attorney's office said Monday.
Officials identified about 58,000 cases that are eligible for dismissal, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said.
Last year, Jackie Lacey, then the district attorney, dismissed 66,000 convictions related to pot.
California voters in 2016 approved a measure to legalize recreational marijuana.
Prosecutors and officials in other states have also moved to expunge or dismiss pot convictions after recreational marijuana became legal.
New York began automatically expunging criminal records of people with certain marijuana convictions after recreational marijuana was legalized this year.
Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, but not all have set up legalized sales yet. »