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June 15, 2016
"Let's reflect on the unintended consequences of sending tens of thousands of people through the criminal justice system for what should be a violation. And as a result, closing doors, opportunities educational and work opportunities for tens of thousands of disproportionately affected black and brown people in low- income communities, who are suffering for an over policing in our communities. Suffering not just for the last five years, but literally moving forward because we have not been able to decriminalize what is a minor amount of marijuana and we still are continuing to prosecute tens of thousands of people in the same way, " said Assemblyman Rodriguez, co-sponsor of a bill that would seal the record of certain marijuana-related convictions. (A-10092)