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Thousands of pot convictions in county to be cleared after Prop 64

Original post made on Jan 14, 2020

Thousands of marijuana convictions out of Contra Costa County will be dismissed as part of a push by the district attorney's office to abide by the terms of Proposition 64, which decriminalized personal use of cannabis in 2016.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 12, 2020, 7:59 PM


Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 14, 2020 at 8:36 am

If 45% are white, it's not effecting people of color disproportionately. People of color are less than 45%. So sick of the far left mentality. If it was illegal at the time of conviction, the conviction should stand.

Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2020 at 11:21 am

Nick... perhaps you don't understand how statistics work. Per the Contra Costa County official website (Web Link there are just over 1,000,000 residents of Contra Costa. Of those, approximate 93,000 are black. Easy math here: 9.3% of residents of the county are black. Per the article, 36% of the people affected are black.

By contrast, per the Contra Costa County website, about 497,000 residents of Contra Costa are white. That equates to roughly 49.7% - higher than the 45% of white people discussed in the article.

So, slight (but not too bad) harder math: 45/49.7 = .905 (meaning less than a proportional impact for white people in county); 36/9.3 = 3.87 (meaning nearly four times the proportional impact for black people in county).

Phew! That was some fun math! Have a great day!