David Jordan, Associated Press Published 11:36 a.m. ET June 22, 2018
Two counties in Vermont have held ‘Expungement Days’ where people with marijuana offenses can apply to have their records wiped clean. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in the state on July 1. (June 22) AP
In this June 12, 2018, photo, Steven Martin, left, works with Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George in Burlington, Vt., on paperwork to remove a minor marijuana conviction from his record. Vermont is poised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on July 1 and some jurisdictions are helping people remove previous marijuana convictions from their records. A number of other states and jurisdictions across the country have similar programs. (AP Photo/David Jordan)(Photo: David Jordan, AP)
Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn’t always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness.