Hundreds of thousands still eligible to clear marijuana records in Arizona

By Elliott Polakoff | 3TV CBS5

It’s been almost two months since eligible Arizonans could apply to get their marijuana-related criminal offenses wiped clean from their record. Thousands have already gone through the process, but there are still even more who haven’t started yet. Some of these cases are decades old, and have now been wiped clean.

Glendale resident Carlos Diaz was charged with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession ten years ago. “They find a marijuana roach underneath my passenger seat, and that was it,” Diaz said.

He’s one of the lucky ones, not losing his job, and mostly living life like he did before the misdemeanor. But when it came time for potential new career opportunities, the same roadblock kept happening. “I got the job not only once, but twice,” Diaz said. “But because of their HR policy, with any kind of possession charge you couldn’t get the job.”

So when Prop 207 passed, and expungements became possible back in July, Carlos was one of the first in line. “Now I’m clean, you know what I mean?” Diaz said. “And that just feels good to know that there’s nothing on my record.”


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September 2021