January 15, 2021 Feature

High Time for Change: Cannabis Expungement Statutes

By Alana E. Rosen

Imagine it is 2000 and a young college student named Adam is driving in a state where it is a crime to possess any usable amount of cannabis. The sun is beginning to set while Adam is driving home from a friend’s house. He purchased one ounce of cannabis, which he plans to use as a remedy for anxiety. He tucks the bag under the passenger seat. He is aware he is breaking the law by driving with an illegal substance, but he believes the medical benefits of the plant outweigh the risk. When he fails to signal a lane change on a nearly deserted road, a police officer notices and proceeds to pull him over.

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