Marijuana Conviction Pardons
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A conversation about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana is the beginning to grow. The debate continues, Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Federman to step up the clearing of criminal records for past marijuana convictions. Some people are still wondering what this means for police still enforcing the current laws and marijuana possession. The governor and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania are looking to expedite the pardon process for some who have been convicted of what they say low- level marijuana offenses but law enforcement reminded us it does not mean they're going to stop investigating marijuana cases or file any charges. The governor and lieutenant governor say in a minor drug conviction should not change a life. "We both agree that a person arrested for a minor, nonviolent marijuana charge should not face a lifetime of me unable to get a job, rent an apartment or get into higher education." But encouraging a clearing of previous criminal charges, is it a disconnect on the other end the prosecution of credit marijuana laws. "For the time being, we treat marijuana possession cases as criminal. Jurisdictions have the authority to issue non criminal citations,and we differ those cases. In a large part, they do not result in criminal convictions." And the pardon of a conviction are not automatic. They will be carefully reviewed. "We shouldn't be looking forward to rubber stamps of the applications that has the same review process that is in place for our board will continue". "Marijuana plays a role in the drug problem. You cannot avoid the fact that we do not want our young people using or smoking pot. We do not want people selling pot. We don't want those funds to be used to prop up other illegal and dangerous activities." Those interested should go to the state board of pardons website. Currently, the pardon process in Pennsylvania if you are successful in getting your record clear can take two and half years or more. The governor is looking to shorten that time frame to a year or less.