Maryland: Expungement Bill Becomes Law Absent Governor’s Signature

Annapolis, MD: Legislation permitting certain marijuana offenders to petition for an expungement of their criminal convictions became law on May 27. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan took no action on the bill.

Senate Bill 949 permits those previously convicted of a marijuana possession offense to petition to have their criminal record expunged. The law takes effect on October 1, 2017.

In 2014, Maryland lawmakers decriminalized offenses involving the possession of up to ten grams of cannabis.

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