Motions filed to expunge more than 4,000 cannabis convictions in Cleveland

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Officials with the city of Cleveland have filed motions to expunge more than 4,000 convictions for cannabis possession that date back to 2017. If granted, the motions would eliminate 4,077 misdemeanour cannabis charges related to possession of 20 grams or less, reports Cleveland.com. In 2020, Cleveland City Council passed legislation eliminating local penalties for possessing up to 200 grams of cannabis. In passing that legislation, Cleveland joined more than 20 other local jurisdictions in the state that have removed or significantly lowered penalties related to misdemeanour cannabis charges. The legislation also ensured that individuals convicted on low-level cannabis charges would not have a criminal record, nor would they need to disclose any charges on applications for employment or licences.

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Officials with the city of Cleveland have filed motions to expunge more than 4,000 convictions for cannabis possession that date back to 2017.

If granted, the motions would eliminate 4,077 misdemeanour cannabis charges related to possession of 20 grams or less, reports Cleveland.com.

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