Sunday night, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law that allows for the streamlined clearing of prior cannabis convictions.

The new law, AB-1793, automates the convictions’ removal, which supporters of the bill hope will allow people to move forward with their lives. Cannabis convictions can keep people from accessing fundamental services like student loans, housing, or jobs.

The state Department of Justice has until July 1, 2019, to review past cases; experts estimate that up to 220,000 cases could be converted or removed.

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