New York state will expunge the records of those with low-level marijuana charges.
The new law was passed in June and took effect on Wednesday August 28th, 2019. Under the new law, 10,872 people in New York City will automatically have their records wiped clean of marijuana convictions. It is said that an additional 13,357 people will see marijuana convictions cleared from their records in the rest of the state.
A method for expunging the records hasn’t been developed just yet. The process could take up to a year. New York seems to be moving forward despite their delay on legalization of adult use of marijuana. Essentially, the last-minute emergence of the decriminalization bill was part of the reason legalization failed. In better news, district attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn stopped prosecuting cases of marijuana possession and smoking in public last year.