Mount Clemens Hosts Fair to Assist with Expunging Cannabis-Related Convictions

April 26th, 2024 Events & Conferences
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Mount Clemens, Michigan, is set to host an expungement and job resource fair aimed at providing crucial support for individuals seeking to clear their criminal records, including cannabis-related offenses. Organized by the Mount Clemens Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the event will take place at Cairns Community Center on Saturday, May 18th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fair will feature a panel discussion and an expungement workshop where attendees can receive guidance on how to navigate the process of removing certain offenses from their records. Legal representatives, including those from the Michigan Attorney General's office, Safe & Just Michigan, the Organization of Exonerees, and Michigan Works!, will offer their expertise.

A highlight of the fair is its focus on assisting individuals with expunging misdemeanor cannabis offenses. This is particularly significant in Michigan, which, following the 2018 legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use, has moved to ease the burden of past convictions on residents. The state's "clean slate" laws, advocated by Safe & Just Michigan and enacted in 2020, enable residents to petition for the removal of various misdemeanors and up to three felony convictions from their public criminal records.

In addition to cannabis-related misdemeanors, Michigan's expungement laws allow individuals to seek the removal of a range of other offenses from their public records. Eligible offenses under these laws include:

  • General misdemeanors: Non-violent minor offenses which could include petty theft or public intoxication.
  • Drinking and driving offenses: Offenses related to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, barring cases involving severe injury or fatality.
  • Up to three felony convictions: Eligibility for felony expungement includes offenses that are non-violent and non-sexual in nature, providing individuals a chance to remove significant barriers to employment and social integration.

However, it is important to note that individuals convicted of capital offenses, most criminal sexual conduct charges, and other severe crimes are not eligible for expungement.

"By providing a platform to clear these convictions, we not only restore hope but also open doors to new opportunities for those affected, reinforcing our dedication to community empowerment and support," remarked Malea Howard, vice president of the Mount Clemens sorority chapter.

The event promises comprehensive support with pro bono legal assistance available from attending attorneys. Additional family-friendly activities and food options will be provided, with the Mount Clemens Public Library organizing activities for children and various local food trucks present.

While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is recommended to ensure a spot at the workshop. Interested parties can register at

This event exemplifies Michigan's broader legislative shift towards more progressive cannabis laws and highlights the ongoing efforts to mitigate the long-term impacts of previous drug policies.

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