In California, legalisation scheme allows people previously convicted of a cannabis offence to apply for resentencing. Christopher Dean Smith was arrested on a cannabis farm in northern California in 2014. Smith, now 28, said he was with a friend on the property in the town of Chico, about 145km north of Sacramento, when two vehicles pulled up. Federal law enforcement agents approached the pair and told them to get on the ground. Smith was arrested and accused of cultivation of cannabis plants and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance. He told Al Jazeera he was not working on the farm at the time, but after fighting the charges in court for a year, he accepted a deal and pleaded no contest to cultivation. “Since then, I’ve had to change my life around,” he said. Should US marijuana laws address past drug convictions?
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