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Automated expungement of pot offenses heads to governor's desk

Automated expungement of pot offenses heads to governor's desk

The Associated Press
Updated: March 31, 2021 06:25 PM
Created: March 31, 2021 01:36 PM

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — New Mexico would automatically erase pot convictions and reconsider sentences for some as legislators advance a package of bills to legalize recreational marijuana.

The House passed the Senate bill 41-28 Wednesday. The bill includes a provision to make it harder to deny employment or professional licenses to people based on prior convictions.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called a special session of the Legislature to legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older.

Automated expungement procedures are contingent on legislative approval of a framework for legal sales and taxation of recreational cannabis.

Neighboring states Colorado and Arizona have already legalized recreational marijuana.


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