Legal weed taxes can take a buyer’s breath away. Entrepreneurs are struggling to stay licensed. But have you heard about that one facet of legalization that’s working as intended?
Michigan, which voted for legalization last fall, sure has, and its legal weedership is looking west for expungement policy direction. Specifically, the task is to how to address those arrested and convicted on charges related to marijuana and explain how they might petition the courts to have their records considered for expungement.
Michigan Public Radio
- Prop. 1, Michigan’s marijuana legalization law, didn’t have Prop 64’s expungement mandate. About 50,000 Michiganders have been convicted for cannabis.
- California’s example could make certain that those arrested for weed know that expungement is an option. Michigan will look to Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in establishing its model.
- Capital Public Radio‘s Scott Rodd explained to Midwestern listeners that, “A marijuana-related conviction on your record can hurt your chances of getting into college or finding a job. It can also restrict you from accessing certain government benefits… It’s not simply having a blemish on your criminal record. It has a pretty significant impact beyond that.”