The New Jersey Judiciary expunged more than 362,000 low-level cannabis cases from court records since the plant was decriminalized July 1.
The milestone was announced Sept. 16. Eligible cases are expunged automatically by the judiciary, and once it’s expunged, it’s removed from the court’s public record. The person charged no longer has to report the case on applications for jobs, housing, or college admissions.
Upward of 1,200 New Jerseyans have been released from probation after their cases were expunged.
Charged people or their attorneys can go to the court where their case was heard or to the Superior Court Clerk’s Office in Trenton to receive a certification stating their case has been expunged. To date, 2,800 certifications have been issued by the judiciary.
Cases eligible for expungement include possession of cannabis or hashish; possession of drug paraphernalia; use or being under the influence of a controlled, dangerous substance; and failure to make lawful disposition of a controlled, dangerous substance.
The Administrative Office of the Courts will launch an awareness campaign on Sept. 20 to inform the public of the opportunities available through cannabis decriminalization.