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Friday, January 12, 2018

Prop 64 Impacts Marijuana Convictions

Prop 64
Proposition 64 went into effect this month which means that adults can now use marijuana recreationally. The fact that California has the most significant economy and largest population could mean that Federal prohibition will soon come to an end. No other drug is associated with the “war on drugs” as much as marijuana, thousands upon thousands of lives have been and are dramatically altered by possession arrests. In some cases, people across the country are serving lengthy prison sentences due to cannabis cultivation and distribution.

While the passing of Prop 64 is progressive and is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, people in recovery must resist the temptation to pick up the pipe, rolling paper, and cookies. Marijuana may not have brought you to your knees praying for God’s help, but using it today could be a slippery slope back to your drug of choice. Please avoid taking a leisurely stroll through dispensaries; the novelty isn’t worth the inherent risks it will pose to your program.

If you are working a program of long-term recovery, then it stands to reason you have used cannabis before—most likely on more than one occasion. You know the feeling it produces, which means that a refresher is not required. Those who value all the hard work that has been invested in leading a healthy and productive life will avoid anything that could lead to relapse.


Marijuana Conviction Recourse

While staying off the "grass" is vital, it doesn't mean you can’t take advantage of one of the provisions in Prop 64. The progressive piece of legislation didn’t just legalize weed; it gives some of the thousands of people with cannabis convictions on their record an avenue of recourse, The Huffington Post reports. Such people can now petition the courts to reduce criminal penalties relating to the controversial substance.

The particular provision is of the utmost importance; one could even argue that it’s the most salient feature of the bill. We know that a significant number of people in recovery have marijuana convictions on their record. In some cases, rap sheets littered with weed offenses keep people in the program from landing good jobs, applying for apartments, and financial assistance. Under Proposition 64, people with a history of marijuana arrests can have their convictions retroactively reduced, reclassified from a felony to a misdemeanor, or dismissed outright.

There are hundreds of thousands of people in California who stand to benefit from the process mentioned above, according to the article. If you are one of those people whose life is impacted by a cannabis conviction, you must first submit an application to a court for review. In some instances, you may have to enlist the assistance of a private attorney. However, money paid out now will likely pay off in the long run.

“In many ways, Proposition 64 has already been a success because we’ve ended the unnecessary and arbitrary criminalization of Californians around this issue, and helped tens of thousands of people who were unjustly unable to seek career and education opportunities due to prior non-violent marijuana offenses,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told HuffPost.


Cannabis Use Disorder

Just because marijuana is legal doesn’t mean that there isn’t a risk of addiction. Today, there is a significant number of Americans living with cannabis use disorder. At Celebrate Drug Rehab, we can help you recover from the condition and show you how to lead a life in recovery. Please contact us today!

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