Michigan Residents Get a Chance to Expunge Cannabis Violations

March 7th, 2024 Events & Conferences
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Individuals with certain traffic infractions and misdemeanor cannabis violations on their criminal records have an upcoming opportunity to potentially clear these charges, thanks to an expungement fair organized by Cooley Law School. Scheduled for Friday, March 22nd, from 12 to 4 p.m., the event will be hosted in the lobby area of the school, located in Lansing, Michigan.

The expungement fair is a result of a collaboration between Cooley Law School and several partners, including the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Safe & Just Michigan, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan. It aims to assist individuals in removing certain traffic offenses and, notably, misdemeanor convictions for cannabis-related violations that are no longer considered crimes following Michigan's decriminalization of recreational cannabis.

Eligible offenses for expungement include some traffic violations and first offenses for driving under the influence, alongside misdemeanor cannabis violations. This initiative reflects a broader move towards rectifying the legal consequences of past cannabis regulations, which have long-lasting impacts on individuals' lives, including hindering employment opportunities and social stigma.

Participants are encouraged to register for the expungement fair in advance online to ensure they can take advantage of this opportunity to clear their records and move forward without the burden of past convictions that are no longer in alignment with Michigan's current cannabis laws.

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