Maine would benefit from automatic expungement of cannabis possession records

In Politics by Michael Rae

The following public comment was submitted to the Maine Committee on Judiciary.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit a comment for your review. The cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis for adult use is legal in Maine. Yet, many people are still suffering the consequences of cannabis prohibition. Legislative Document 1646 would help mitigate past harms of prohibition by expunging criminal records related to cannabis possession and ending incarceration for possession-related offenses.

While there may sometimes be a public safety interest in maintaining records of arrests, convictions, and adjudications, a one-size-fits-all approach for lifelong criminal records simply doesn’t