Legislative efforts to fully legalize cannabis possession and use in Maryland include calls to expunge, or erase, certain marijuana charges from residents’ criminal records. However, according to the Maryland Judiciary, the automatic removal of such charges is not only not possible, it could cost more than $37.7 million. House Bill 32 (HB32) and Senate Bill 708 (SB708), the pair of bills that seek to legalize recreational, or “adult use,” cannabis in Maryland this year, include a list of criminal and social justice reforms aimed at correcting some of the harms done by marijuana criminalization.
Md. lawmakers want cannabis legalization to include expungement of old charges, but it may be too costly
March 4, 2021