Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs House Bill 4982
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a milestone piece of legislation that will implement a process of expunging non-violent, marijuana-related offenses off criminal records. The multiple “Clean Slate” bills were passed through Michigan’s House and Senate with tremendous support.
Marijuana Arrest Statistics
- Four-in-ten U.S. drug busts were for marijuana possession
- Police made approximately 663,000 arrests for marijuana-related offenses in 2018
- In the Midwest, 50% of all drug arrests are marijuana-related
First State to Expunge Marijuana-Related Felonies
While Michigan is the latest state to include “clean slate” bills, they are the first to expunge non-violent marijuana-related felonies. Other states that have adopted clean-slate bills including Pennsylvania, Utah, California, Connecticut, Washington, North Carolina, Louisiana, and New Jersey according to the Center for American Progress. About 235,000 Michigan residents have marijuana-related convictions on their criminal records. The removal of such convictions would grant opportunities for better employment, loans, and housing among others.
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