New Mexico: Courts look to alter cannabis expungement

The Albuquerque Journal reports

SANTA FE – The chief justice of New Mexico’s Supreme Court told lawmakers Thursday the state’s judicial branch will seek changes during the upcoming 60-day legislative session to a 2021 law that mandates small-level cannabis convictions be expunged from criminal records.

Specifically, Supreme Court Chief Justice Shannon Bacon said the law, which was enacted when lawmakers legalized recreational cannabis sales, has placed a heavy burden on judicial staffers who have had to sift through voluminous criminal records to determine which convictions qualify to be purged.

Instead of putting the onus on the judicial branch to identify and expunge cannabis-related convictions, it should be up to affected individuals to file applications for such action, Bacon said.

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