Michigan Governor Signs Marijuana Expungements Bill As Part Of Criminal Justice Package

Michigan Governor Signs Marijuana Expungements Bill As Part Of Criminal Justice Package

The governor of Michigan signed legislation on Monday that would allow people with low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. She also approved several additional bills to more generally expand the record clearing process for other types of convictions. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) held a signing ceremony for the criminal justice reform package, which she said would give more people a clean slate and prevent long-term consequences associated with having a criminal record. The cannabis-specific bill would allow people to apply for expungements for misdemeanor marijuana convictions for activity that is no longer considered illegal since the state legalized the plant in 2018. The legislation creates a rebuttable presumption that a conviction was based on activity that would not have been a crime if committed on or after December 6, 2018, which is when the legalization law took effect. The onus would be on prosecutors to protest the expungements if they want to block them, and they would have to respond within 60 days of a person’s applying for relief. A broader expungement bill signed by Whitmer would establish an automated record clearing process in about two and a half years. Those with misdemeanor convictions would have their cases expunged after seven years and those with felonies would have their records cleared after ten years. “During my 2018 campaign for governor I made expungement of marijuana charges one of my key priorities, and I’m so proud today that we can follow through on that goal,” Whitmer said at a…

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