Sara Rodriguez recently graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in social welfare.

But she still has a 20 year old marijuana felony on her record and worries that her career could hit roadblocks

Thread 👇… Sara Rodriguez, 39, has a marijuana conviction that’s near
When California voters legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2016, one of the promises was the creation of a legal pathway through the courts for clearing many past marijuana-related convictions or reducing them to a lesser charge.…
It was a step championed by reform advocates, meant to right many of the injustices inflicted by the nation’s war on drugs that was disproportionately waged on poor people and communities of color.…
A 2018 law was intended to clear past marijuana convictions ‘automatically.’ But tens of thousands of Californians such as Rodriguez are still languishing with felonies, misdemeanors and other convictions on their records, a Times investigation found.…
Some counties — including in Riverside and San Bernardino, where Rodriguez was convicted — haven’t fully processed a single case.

That’s 21,000 cases in Riverside and 5,400 cases in San Bernardino alone, The Times found.…

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