ERASING OLD MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS
Aug. 16, 2021
Connecticut legalized the possession of certain quantities of marijuana for recreational use back in June during a legislative special session. Adults are allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces on their persons and 5 ounces in a locked container in the person's home or a locked trunk or glove compartment. Additionally, past convictions for the possession of less than or equal to four ounces of marijuana, may be erased, effective July 1, 2022. An individual who wishes to have a conviction (and its records) erased, can petition the Superior Court in which the conviction entered.
In 2011, Connecticut decriminalized the possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana. As a result, convictions in which the amount of marijuana fell within the decriminalized range were eligible for erasure. I actually helped a client do that last month. He was convicted of misdemeanor possession in the late 90's. He had a "dime bag" which he said at the time was probably 1-2 grams. The difficulty we ran into was that there were no records still in existence that could substantiate the amount. We filed a petition with an affidavit from my client stating his recollection of the amount. Fortunately the Court granted the motion and my client's conviction and its records were erased.
If you have an old marijuana conviction, please contact me. I can let you know if it is erasable and how to go about doing it.