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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application
Why You Should Attend
On November 8, 2016, California voters passed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 64 (“Prop. 64”), into law. Prop. 64 immediately legalized the possession, transport, purchase, consumption and sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to eight grams of marijuana concentrates for adults aged 21 and older. Licensing and regulation of the nonmedical use of marijuana will not begin until January 2018.
Prop. 64 also reduced or eliminated criminal penalties for most marijuana offenses. Building on the transformative work of Prop. 47, which passed in 2014, Prop. 64 allows Californians with prior marijuana convictions to clean up their records by getting their prior convictions reduced to misdemeanors or infractions or dismissed entirely. This training is designed to provide attorneys with the knowledge, tools, and legal arguments to successfully seek reduction or dismissal of marijuana related cases in California courts. This training will focus on changes to California criminal law that affect individual adults and youth under 18 and not on the licensing or regulation of commercial marijuana businesses.
What You Will Learn
This training will focus on changes to criminal law created by Prop. 64, including how criminal penalties were reduced or eliminated for marijuana offenses (for both adults and youth under 18), procedures for reducing or dismissing a prior marijuana conviction, provide suggested arguments (and their legal basis) for dismissal or reduction of current and former marijuana cases, and provide an update on any legal challenges or issues that have developed in the one year since Prop. 64 passed.
Who Should Attend
This training will be particularly useful for legal advocates who provide or are interested in providing legal services in California and will be helpful for new attorneys and for attorneys who want to explore new areas of practice.