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Some New Yorkers previously convicted of marijuana crimes will have those convictions wiped

April 2, 2021

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(WBNG) — When someone is convicted of a crime, they face far more penalties than just prison, which is why legal experts say they are so excited about New York’s cannabis legalization efforts.

Under the Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act, anyone previously convicted of a marijuana-related offense that is no longer illegal will have that conviction expunged from their record.

This means most people convicted of possession will no longer have the conviction on their criminal record; if you were convicted of a marijuana-related crime that is still illegal, such as the sale of the drug, that conviction will still remain in place.

Peter Pullano is a managing partner for Tully Rinckey, and he told 12 News Thursday he’s excited for the potential of these efforts.

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