By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger.org
County prosecutors around the state are looking at coming up with a way to expunge certain marijuana convictions now that the state is poised to legalize it for recreational use in just a few weeks.
A report surfaced last week on the national news website, HuffPost, that the Chittenden County state’s attorney’s office was preparing a policy to allow people with convictions for possessing small amounts of marijuana to apply to have those records expunged or sealed.
The report comes as Vermont is set to legalize on July 1 the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and two mature and four immature marijuana plants by people 21 or older.
“I think the simplest way of looking at it for us is just that these people have convictions that if they were to commit them today they wouldn’t be a crime,” Chittenden County Deputy State’s Attorney Justin Jiron is quoted as saying in the HuffPost article. “So it seems unfair to basically saddle them with a conviction for something that is now legal.”
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