New Jersey Dismisses Nearly 88K Weed-Related Cases More To Follow

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New Jersey has vacated or dismissed nearly 88,000 cases related to marijuana convictions, following the decriminalization of certain marijuana offenses in the state.

New Jersey Courts announced Monday:

that these thousands of cases are the first of about 360,000 identified by superior and municipal courts as eligible to be vacated, dismissed, and expunged under the Marijuana Decriminalization Law that went into effect July 1.

The decriminalization law Gov. Phil Murphy signed assigns the Administrative Office of the Courts the task of vacating guilty verdicts, pleas and placements in diversionary programs in cases before Feb. 22, 2021, which was the day Murphy signed the legislation.

New Jersey is also creating an electronic system to allow to provide a certification of expungement to members of the public seeking to determine whether their case has been expunged.

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