Legality of cannabis
“Expungement, for the most part, is not done with just a snap of the fingers and all the records go away,” says a criminal justice reform advocate.
The legislation, which was first unveiled last year, would declassify cannabis as a controlled substance.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a proposal Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana statewide for people 21 and over by Jan. 1, 2020.
Most Americans now live in states where marijuana is legal in some form.
The New York congresswoman suggests "affirmative-action licensing" to mitigate the "racial wealth gap" in areas that paid the price of the war on drugs.
“We shouldn’t be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal in Washington state,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.
But it will likely be a few years before Michiganders can legally buy cannabis at retail stores.
The victories in Michigan, Missouri and Utah expand the significant gains in the movement to legalize marijuana.
Michael Saudino of Bergen County stepped down on Friday.
The company hopes investing in pot is a way to stop declining beer sales.
If the legislation is signed into law, it would resolve a decadeslong conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.
“Laws and public opinion are evolving, but past convictions for marijuana-related offenses can still haunt someone.”
Supporters say allowing home delivery of marijuana will reduce drugged driving and help put illegal sellers out of the market, but opponents say it could make it easier for kids to buy drugs.