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10,872 New Yorkers to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear

Aug 28, 2019 - The New York Times

Under a new law, New York State will expunge the records of those convicted of low-level marijuana crimes.

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Even as states across the country have legalized marijuana, potentially opening the door to a multibillion dollar industry, the impact of marijuana criminalization is still being felt by people — mostly black and Hispanic — whose records are marked by low-level convictions related to the drug.

But on Wednesday, New York began the process of expunging many of those records, as part of a new state law to reduce penalties associated with marijuana-related crimes, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed...