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April 20, 2024

Rounding up some new and older marijuana record relief scholarship for 4/20 reading

I tend to find extreme affinity for 420 as a kind of marijuana holiday to be a bit silly.  But I am not so much of a scrooge that I will eschew a marijuana-themed post on this day.  Inspired in part by a great new paper from researchers at the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (the listed first below), I figured I woud round up an array of pieces from SSRN focused on the intersection of marijuana reform and record relief.  I have only collected pieces on was able to find quickly on SSRN, so what is linked here is surely just an abridged accounting of work in this space:  

"Automatic Record Relief in Ohio: Recommendations for Minimizing Implementation Challenges and Maximizing Impact"

"Marijuana Legalization and Record Clearing in 2022"

"Marijuana Legalization and Expungement in Early 2021"

"Erasing Evidence of Historic Injustice: The Cannabis Criminal Records Expungement Paradox"

"Ensuring Marijuana Reform Is Effective Criminal Justice Reform"

"High Time for Criminal Justice Reform: Marijuana Expungement Statutes in States with Legalized or Decriminalized Marijuana Laws"

"Leveraging Marijuana Reform to Enhance Expungement Practices"

April 20, 2024 at 02:56 PM | Permalink


Articles regarding the train crash that legalization has been would be more appropriate. Or, a side by side of the promised positive impacts that were made in compared with today’s reality.

For example,

Stopping the black market-nope
Less crime-nope
Safer roads-nope
Safer pot-nope

Of course, that’s just a start.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Apr 20, 2024 8:52:28 PM

You are always welcome, Master Tarls, to provide links to any research you want to flag.

I typically cover broader marijuana reform issues over at my Marijuana Law, Policy and Reform blog. There I have flagged big reports by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading national anti-reform group, that cover a lot of the items (and many more) that you note. Here is a post linking to want seems to be their most recent major report titled "Impact Report 2023-2024": https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2023/04/sam-provides-its-latest-accounting-of-lessons-learned-from-state-marijuana-legalization-1.html

Interestingly, that SAM report was released around 4/20 last year. I wonder if a new one is in development or if SAM is focused now more on fighting against federal rescheduling and/or the complications created by the 2018 Farm Bill.

Posted by: Doug B | Apr 21, 2024 11:01:42 AM

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