San Francisco Treat.

San Francisco rocks! It’s always been my favorite U.S. city. There’s a lot to do, like tour the murals of the Mission District where the alleys and buildings are decorated with over 200 distinct murals, many reflecting the area’s Latino heritage. There are endless galleries, edgy architecture, and a happening nightlife to say nothing of some of the best food on the planet.  If you want nature, there’s the Pacific Ocean and the magnificant Muir Woods nearby. And of course, there’s the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the Wonders of the Modern World. But with everything to see and do and eat, what I like best about San Francisco is that it is one of the most progressive cities in the most progressive state and is always doing cool things. Here’s the latest.

The city is adopting a software app that will help automatically clear old marijuana convictions from people’s records. (As to how it would work, I’d refer you to an article in the Huff Post by Matt Ferner.) California adopted one of the most progressive criminal justice systems in the country when it enacted Prop 64 which included a component entailing relief for past convictions. This is a good thing for many reasons; one being that a criminal record can really screw up your life, costing not only offenders and families, but society as well.   Another being that people of color are over-represented in arrests even though rates of use across racial lines are similar.

For anyone who might have been impacted by our country’s illogical laws spurred in place by failed war on drugs, or if you know someone who has, I’d urge you to read Ferner’s article. Interesting stuff. Smooth move, San Francisco. A real San Francisco Treat. Let’s hope it gets shared across the country. Progressives unite; push forward.


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