Connecticut - Clearing Many Convictions

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  1. A nice little early holiday present for a fair number of folks in Connecticut! :yay:

    Thousands of low-level marijuana possession convictions will be cleared for Connecticut residents

    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Thousands of Connecticut residents will have their records fully or partially cleared of low-level marijuana possession convictions on Jan. 1, 2023, Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) announced Tuesday.

    According to the governor’s office, approximately 44,000 cases will be automatically fully or partially erased as part of the 2021 legislation signed into law to regulate the adult use of cannabis.

    Recreational marijuana is already legal in the state, and its first retail shop is expected to open by the end of this year or early next year.

    The governor’s office issued guidance on how people will receive erasure depending on when the conviction was imposed.

    • Convictions for violations of C.G.S. § 21a-279(c) for possession of under four ounces of a non-narcotic, non-hallucinogenic substance imposed between Jan. 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2015, will be automatically erased on Jan. 1, 2023. People included under this provision of the law need not do anything to make these convictions eligible for erasure.
    • Convictions for the following violations can be erased if one files a petition in Superior Court:
      • Convictions for violations of C.G.S. § 21a-279 for possession of less than or equal to four ounces of a cannabis-type substance imposed before Jan. 1, 2000, and between Oct. 1, 2015, and June 30, 2021.
      • Convictions for violations of C.G.S. § 21a-267(a) for possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for cannabis imposed before July 1, 2021.
      • Convictions for violations of C.G.S. § 21a-277(b) imposed before July 1, 2021, for manufacturing, selling, possessing with intent to sell, or giving or administering to another person a cannabis-type substance and the amount involved was under four ounces or six plants grown inside a person’s home for personal use.

    Lamont said that residents whose records are erased would be able to tell employers, landlords, and schools that the conviction never occurred. (snipped)

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