Vermont: County Prosecutors Move To Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions

Burlington, VT: State officials in Chittenden and Windsor counties have publicly announced their intent to vacate past misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions.

State lawmakers in January enacted legislation permitting adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2018. “In recognition of this change, … the Windsor and Chittenden County State’s Attorneys have agreed to support the expungement of all old misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses,” officials announced in a press release.

The expungement process only applies to those with non-felony marijuana offenses, and it is not applicable for those whose crimes occurred outside of Windsor or Chittenden County.

The move follows similar actions taken by officials in other states, including California and Washington, where city and county prosecutors have moved to automatically expunge past cannabis convictions.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.