July 27, 2015 Federal News 0

Legislation Announced To Expunge Federal Marijuana Offenses

Weed Be Better Off.  Legislation Announced To Expunge Federal Marijuana Offenses

Those arrested federally in a state, that marijuana was legal at the time of arrest, may get their record expunged.  Also those possessing up to one once of marijuana or less that were arrested federally, could get their criminal record for the offense expunged as well.

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) announced last week he will start legislation in Congress to expunge federal marijuana offenses that fall under these two categories.  The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015, will address these two issues.

“The penalties of failed prohibition policies should stop ruining people’s lives. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 follows Oregon’s lead to provide a pathway for expunging certain federal marijuana crimes,” Rep. Blumenauer said in a statement last Monday.

The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 creates a path for expungement for any individual with a federal criminal record associated with a marijuana offense that was legal under their state at the time.

“People who were caught up in the federal criminal justice system for a marijuana offense that was legal under state law at the time should not carry around a drug record. I support legalizing marijuana at the federal level to put a stop to any state-federal conflicts once and for all, but it is also important that we create pathways for expungement for those who should never have been charged in the first place.”

It really is a question of when the federal government will stop listing marijuana as a Schedule 1 Drug.  Including marijuana with the likes of heroin and cocaine, as a Schedule 1 Drug is ridiculous!  Until this law is changed, states that decide to legalize marijuana or decriminalize marijuana will  still be under the watchful eye of the feds.

President Obama is making progress with criminal justice reform and marijuana legalization.  The federal government stating that marijuana has no medicinal purpose, by making it a Schedule 1 needs to be addressed sooner than later.  The fact that 23 states currently have legalized or decriminalized marijuana in some form or fashion should tell the federal government, they are trending in the wrong direction.

The  Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015, does address the need for change, for those arrested during marijuana legalization.  What about those who have been carrying a federal marijuana related drug offense with them before marijuana legalization?  Why must they carry the stigma of a federal offense?  Especially those who want to enter the cannabis industry, but cannot because they have a felony on their record.  It makes no sense.

Keep up the great work Congressman!

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