Arizona’s state expungment process for cannabis offenses started 12 July

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Petitions to expunge certain marijuana offenses can be submitted to superior courts starting today – thanks to the voter-approved Prop 207. The Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 years and older and passed with 60% of the vote, also introduced a chance to expunge certain marijuana-related arrests, charges, adjudications, convictions and sentences. Trial attorney Frank Verderame  has explained on his firm website how you can go about the process You Can Expunge Your Marijuana Convictions in AZ Starting July 12, 2021 March 2, 2021 States across the country are choosing to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana, and in November 2020, Arizona voters did, too. Recreational marijuana is now legal in the state for persons over the age of 21. In response to the legalization, our legislature has passed a new law that allows people with marijuana-related convictions to expunge their records. Under A.R.S. § 36-2862: Beginning July 12, 2021, an individual who was arrested for, charged with, adjudicated or convicted by trial or plea of, or sentenced for, any of the following offenses based on or arising out of conduct occurring before the effective date of this section may petition the court to have the record of that arrest, charge, adjudication, conviction or sentence expunged. The crimes that can be expunged include: Transporting, consuming, or transporting 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana Cultivating, transporting, or processing no more than six marijuana plants at your primary residence for your personal use Transporting, using, or possessing paraphernalia that is related to cultivating, processing, manufacturing, or consuming marijuana Why should I have my record expunged of a previous marijuana crime? There are benefits to having your record expunged of marijuana-related convictions. If you have a felony conviction, expungement can restore your civil rights, including: The right to own…

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