Local activists want clean record for past offenses in any Marijuana

March 15, 2019 11:27 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)- If lawmakers make recreational marijuana legal, local activists want to make sure social justice issues are addressed.

The organizations Roc NORML and Metro Justice have seen the two bills written in Albany.


They want to add automatic re-sentencing, expungement, and record-sealing to the legislation. 

That way, if and when marijuana becomes legal, people convicted of crimes related to it can walk free with a clean record.

"Black and brown communities and poor communities have been the hardest hit by marijuana prohibition and any legalization scheme needs to have a remedial effect," says Aaron Micheau, the president of Metro Justice, "It needs to remedy the injury that's been done to the communities that have been hardest hit." 

"Today is going to be how we can use this industry to begin the restitution process for those who have been hurt the most," said Steve Vandewalle, the deputy chief of Roc NORML.

The organizations say their priority it to get the best law they can, not how fast they can get it. 


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