Connecticut Launches Marijuana Record Sealing Web Portal One Day Before Adult-Use Sales Launch

Connecticut Launches Marijuana Record Sealing Web Portal One Day Before Adult-Use Sales Launch
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One day before the first adult-use marijuana shops are set to open in Connecticut, state officials launched a web portal to facilitate more cannabis record sealing after automatically processing relief for tens of thousands of people at the beginning of the year. The governor, lieutenant governor and state lawmakers gathered at the Reentry Welcome Center in Hartford on Monday to tout the erasure of nearly 43,000 marijuana records this month, which was made possible as part of the legalization law that was enacted in 2021. Officials took the opportunity to announce the launch of the “Clean Slate and Cannabis Erasure” online portal. The resource allows people to check on the status of records from between January 1, 2000 and September 30, 2015 to see if they were automatically sealed, and provides information about how individuals can submit petitions for relief for additional eligible cases. “The petition is for particular older offenses that are not capable of being erased under electronic systems,” Marc Pelka, undersecretary of the state Office of Policy and Management, said. He added that the website makes the process “pretty straightforward” for those whose records weren’t automatically sealed. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that it’s been an “honor trying to do everything we can to take barriers out of the way” for those with prior cannabis convictions. Beyond righting the wrongs of criminalization, he said that record sealing is an essential part of strengthening Connecticut’s economy by ensuring that a person’s marijuana case doesn’t prevent them from participating in the workforce. “If you believe in public safety, if you believe in hope, if you believe in criminal justice, believe in given people that second chance, erasure of this—clean slate—makes a difference,” he said. Under a new state law that went into effect on January 1, our administration has…

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