Local Dispensaries Spearheading Cannabis Expungement
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Many criminal records concerning cannabis have been expunged. Some people are now automatically part of a process that has been ongoing for many years.
However, not all records have been erased automatically. Some are helping people to navigate the expungement process.
Green Goods organized the first New Mexico cannabis expungement meeting to accelerate the process. The Department of Public Safety was present at the first session. They will work with Green Goods to update any charges that are not possible under current law.
Augustine Ternoir, president of the Cannabis Society UNM School of Law, stated, “So the idea is that we are going to have people from Albuquerque that have charges after 2000 for cannabis to come see us, and we are going to see if they would be eligible to have their charges expunged- that way they have more opportunities for the future.”
Green Goods claims many New Mexicans didn’t have previous charges automatically expunged on July 1. However, there are certain restrictions, and they can only take specific candidates.
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Ellie Besanzon, Red Barn Growers executive director, stated, “We are only looking for people that have a charge of cannabis only maybe with paraphernalia so if there is an additional charge like a gun charge or other harder drugs those are the folks we can’t quite help right now.”
If you are located in New Mexico and are curious if you are eligible for expungement, these sessions can help. The next one will be held on Oct. 1, and representatives from the Department of Safety will be on site.
What do you think? This dispensary is closing the gap between legislation and the people and acting as a middleman to help people clear their records from non-violent cannabis offenses.
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