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MA State Rep. Wants to Expunge Marijuana Convictions from Criminal Records

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State Representative Mike Connolly wants the state to expunge marijuana convictions from criminal records. Due to it being part of judicial law, Question 4 couldn’t include the legislation within it. Retroactive expungement was included in the original language of Question 4, which was filed by Senator Patricia Jehlen and Dave Rogers.

Senator Jehlen filed a bill for expedited retroactive expungement, according to The Boston Globe. The bill would expunge convictions that the approval of Question 4 naturally repeals. Not all marijuana-related offenses would qualify for expungement though. Only the most minor, categorized as misdemeanors or simple possession/paraphernalia are likely to be eligible.

The gist of the bill is that, those that were convicted of simple marijuana crimes have paid their debt to society.

Against the expungement bill is Middleton Police Chief James A. DiGianvittorio. The chief believes that the state’s current process for having drug-related charges expunged from records is sufficient.

It has not been mentioned if the bill will be heard yet.