Vermont Lawmakers Consider A Fast Lane For Erasing Marijuana Misdemeanors From Record

Vermont Lawmakers Consider A Fast Lane For Erasing Marijuana Misdemeanors From Record

Following full legalization in January, lawmakers are now turning to the criminal justice system for remedies.

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February 8, 2018

After making some drastic changes to the state’s cannabis laws earlier this year, some lawmakers are now asking whether they should make it easier for people to expunge their old misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

Vermont enacted a marijuana legalization bill last month, which means that starting July 1, people age 21 and older will legally be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to two mature cannabis plants.

But even after the legalization law takes effect, people who get caught with more than an ounce of marijuana may still be subject to criminal prosecution.

Given the state’s new approach to cannabis generally, lawmakers are considering legislation that would fast-track the process for expunging misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

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