Eyster, Who Said He Considers His Job To Enforce The Law Dispassionately And Consistently, Encourages People With Marijuana Convictions To Take Advantage Of Relief Opportunities Afforded By The New Law.

More than 500 people have already had their charges reduced through that program, in which certain people accused of illegally growing, transporting, or possessing marijuana for sale can have their charges reduced from felonies to misdemeanors after paying to compensate for the damage caused by their crimes. Eyster started the restitution program six years ago to relieve the strain on county resources caused by the heavy marijuana-related caseload. We had to do something different because the way we were doing business in Mendocino was breaking the back of the courts and the cops and the whole criminal justice system, he said. Eyster, who said he considers his job to enforce the law dispassionately and consistently, encourages people with marijuana convictions to take advantage of relief opportunities afforded by the new law. Its an issue of transparency, Eyster http://www.californiamedicalmarijuana.biz said. Lets talk about it. Lets put it out there so people know if down the road, you never took advantage of it and you are eligible, I dont want you to say its because someones hiding the ball. Lack of knowledge should not hinder a laws benefits from reaching everyone, Eyster said. I have people walk up to me at social gatherings and say, Hey, I got a conviction for this. I say, are you going to file a petition under Prop 64? I dont how that works. And so I explain it to them.

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