Today in New Hampshire, some Granite Staters’ freedoms and opportunities are restricted because of an arrest involving tiny amounts of marijuana.
New Hampshire has an opportunity to help undo some of the damage the failed War on Drugs has had on our communities and individuals. By expunging previous marijuana convictions that involved amounts that are currently de-criminalized, we can ensure individuals’ economic prospects are not damaged by an unnecessary criminal record.
Not only is there an economic incentive for expunging marijuana offenses, but we can help decrease the chance that an individual will return to the criminal justice system by enabling them to participate in the workforce and pursue their version of the American dream.
Expunging marijuana offenses is one of many sensible approaches to break barriers for people, make our criminal justice policies smarter, and ensure the safety of our communities.