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Got cannabis on your criminal record? There's an app for that.

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA via MOBIUS.LAB) — With the legalization of recreational cannabis in California also came the decriminalization of marijuana and an opportunity to expunge past records for its use.

Marijuana convictions are a criminal offense that make it difficult for many to find jobs and housing. California's AB 1793 allows prior marijuana convictions to be dismissed or downgraded to a lesser offense. This is great news for those with the resources but for many, this process can feel like an obstacle.

Now, this daunting task of clearing and reclassifying criminal records just got easier. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has been working diligently to clear these records with some help. Code for America created an algorithm that filters charges, finds past offenders who are eligible under AB 1793, and automatically fills out court documents. In minutes, the algorithm can process several hundred records.

Code for America is serving justice swiftly.

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