Simple possession of marijuana was decriminalized in Delaware nearly three years ago.
Gov. Carney signed a bill Wednesday allowing those charged with marijuana possession as a criminal offense prior to 2015 to have their criminal records expunged— or cleared.
State Sen. Greg Lavelle sponsored the legislation along with State Rep. Valerie Longhurst.
Lavelle says expungement helps people move on with their lives.
“On that question, ‘have you been arrested and convicted,’ that’s on a form for an employment opportunity, you get to say no,” he said. “It’s gone, it’s not part of your record anymore, and it really is that simple.”
He says prior to the law, those with criminal marijuana possession records could apply for pardon, and then might receive discretionary expungement. Under the new law, expungement will be faster and guaranteed.
Lavelle says five to seven hundred people in Delaware are eligible for expungement.
He notes the law’s application is limited to those whose only criminal offense was simple marijuana possession. [Read more at Delaware Public Media]