Expungement Reform Law Brings Sweeping Changes to Marijuana Convictions in NJ

New Jersey Law Journal


In this article published by the New Jersey Law Journal, Wilentz attorneys John E. Hogan and Michael F. Schaff discuss the recent New Jersey expungement reform law for marijuana and hashish offenses, which will become effective on June 15, 2020. In their analysis, the authors consider the impact of the new law on the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals whose cannabis criminal histories limit employment opportunities and other societal benefits.

This article is part of the New Jersey Law Journal monthly column on the impacts of legal cannabis on New Jersey businesses in all industry sectors. The column is co-authored by Michael F. Schaff, Esq. and Lisa Gora, Esq. in collaboration with other attorneys from Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer’s Cannabis Law practice group. Mr. Schaff is also co-chair of the NJSBA’s Cannabis Law Committee.

This article is reprinted here with permission from the January 20 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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