skip to Main Content
With legalization in Maryland come changes in cannabis-related laws on expungement, traffic stops

Big change came to the state Saturday — not only with the legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis, but also with shifting criminal justice policies that have disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income Marylanders.

In the spirit of ending the prohibition equitably, Maryland lawmakers put new laws in place over the past two years to aid people with the process of expunging cannabis charges and convictions from their records, and limited the circumstances for police to execute traffic stops based on the odor of cannabis.

Starting Jan. 1, people incarcerated for cannabis possession were able to begin applying for resentencing hearings. If they are serving time in jail only for marijuana charges, judges are required to resentence them to time served and release them.

Under the same bill, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is required to expunge all cases where an individual was only charged with cannabis possession before July 1, 2023. All of these records are to be expunged by July 1, 2024.

“It makes sense from a restorative justice standpoint to have that automatic expungement applied,” said Elizabeth Hilliard, the acting director of government relations at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. “We know, certainly, that having a criminal charge on your record can lead to either complications or barriers for employment, education, housing, financially, and so we certainly applaud the General Assembly’s decision to provide that expungement.” [Read More @ The Baltimore Sun]

This Post Has One Comment
  1. This is a significant step towards social justice and equity! Expungement of cannabis-related offenses is crucial for those who have been disproportionately impacted by past laws. It’s great to see Maryland recognizing the importance of rectifying past injustices and providing a fresh start for individuals.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Stories

Cannabis entrepreneur to lead Minnesota’s new marijuana agency

Erin DuPree has never worked in government but says her experience with startup businesses makes her well-suited for the role.  A cannabis industry entrepreneur who hasn’t worked in government before…

Thailand to Restrict Cannabis Use, New Prime Minister Says, After Decriminalization Last Year

Thailand’s new prime minister vowed to restrict the use of marijuana for medical purposes after thousands of weed shops opened across the country since the nation became the first in…

Colorado Cannabis Officials Consider New Hospitality Rules

Licensing officials could allow cannabis bars to sell more weed, but only one of these establishments currently exists in Colorado. “I want to watch the Super Bowl and get high.…

From SAFE to SAFER, New Banking Bill Stresses Safety

With a presidential election year looming, the politics of pot is once again front and center in Washington, D.C., but this time there seems to be a greater probability than…

More Categories

Back To Top
×Close search