August 28, 2019: Starting today in New York, records of past convictions for certain marijuana possession offenses will be automatically expunged, which marks the first time that criminal convictions will be cleared automatically in the state. Going forward, marijuana possession of up to 2 ounces will be non-criminal violations and will also be expunged.
Legal Action Center has long been advocating for automatic sealing and expungement, which is critical to ensuring that people eligible for records clearance actually benefit from it. Legal Action Center, along with the Legal Aid Society and the Community Service Society put together a fact sheet on New York’s new Marijuana “Decriminalization” and Expungement Law, which you can view here to learn more. You can also view a Spanish-language version of the fact sheet here.