Michigan: Lawmakers Send Marijuana Expungement Legislation to Governor’s Desk

Lansing, MI: House and Senate lawmakers approved legislation last week facilitating the expungement of past, low-level marijuana convictions.

House Bill 4982 permits those with one or more misdemeanor marijuana-related convictions to petition the courts to have their convictions set aside. In cases where the convictions are for marijuana-related activities that are no longer classified as criminal under the law, they will be automatically expunged and will no longer be present on a criminal background check. 

Michigan voters legalized the possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults in 2018.

The measure now awaits action by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has previously expressed her support for vacating the records of those with marijuana-related convictions.

In recent months, over a dozen states have enacted legislation explicitly permitting or facilitating the process of having past marijuana convictions expunged, vacated, otherwise set aside, or sealed from public view.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator.