TRENTON, NJ  – While New Jersey legislators continue to push forward on legislation that will legalize the adult-use of marijuana, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Paterson) has expressed confidence in the positive impact that expunging the records of those that have been convicted previously of cannabis-related charges will have in urban communities.

“Convictions and incarceration for the small amounts of marijuana, now to be deemed as ‘personal use,’ has changed the lives and the direction of many youth in our communities,” Wimberly said Monday following the passage of the NJ Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Modernization Act through the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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The bill, A-4497, would legalize the possession and personal use of cannabis in the amount of one ounce or less or the equivalent of one ounce or less of cannabis infused product in solid, liquid or concentrate form for persons 21 years of age or older while also establishing an expungement relief process for arrests under the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.

“An opportunity to expunge a criminal record of a cannabis-related charge could mean the difference between working and not working for an individual,” Wimberly added. “It will be a process, and it will take a little effort but expungement will be possible for many residents.


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