Panel discusses potential flaws with marijuana expungement laws

New York News

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Some New York lawmakers are sitting down with people who have been negatively impacted by now-obsolete marijuana laws.

Officials say that when it comes to expunging records, it may not be that easy for everyone. For people who are currently serving a conviction, those records will be expunged automatically within one year. Someone who has already served their sentence, on the other hand, would potentially need to apply to have their record eliminated.

“This legislation to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana is not about just changing the rules of the game,” Sen. Jeremy Cooney said. “It’s about ensuring equity in that game. It’s about making sure that people get their lives back. It’s about making sure that we re-address the harm that we have done for decades in cities like Rochester and all across New York.”

State officials plan to have a follow-up in-person clinic on July 17.

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