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Plan to Streamline Marijuana Expungements Introduced

Oct 25, 2019

Legislation was introduced that seeks to streamline the marijuana expungement process in Michigan. Under the bill, after a person applies for expungement, if the prosecutor’s office doesn’t object during the allotted time, then the expungement is granted without the need for a hearing. The allotted time to object is 60 days for misdemeanors and 90 days for low-level marijuana felony convictions. The expungements would only apply to public-facing and employment background checks; law enforcement would still have access to past conviction records. The bill received over 30 bipartisan co-sponsors and has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

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