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Delaware to Consider Expunging Pre-Decriminalization Marijuana Offenses

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Delaware decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2015. Lawmakers will consider mandatory expungements of marijuana use, consumption and possession of marijuana convictions. They will also establish rules regarding eligibility of expungement.

Legislation was introduced on May 1 to the General Assembly with bipartisan support, WBOC 16 News reports. There could be about 1,250 eligible for conviction expungement. Eligibility would include that the conviction be the only item on the person’s conviction record.

Representative Steve Smyk is against the legislation.

Smyk said, “There are people who were actually arrested for charges for trafficking weight and distribution that ended up with just a possession charge because it was their first offense.”

It is not said when the bill will be discussed yet.