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Over 23,000 Cannabis Possession Records Cleared by Rhode Island Judiciary

RHODE ISLAND – The Rhode Island judiciary completed the first phase of it’s cannabis relief efforts this week by expunging over 23,000 cannabis possession records, Marijuana Moment reports.

In the wake of Rhode Island’s legalization of adult-use cannabis in the previous year, the State Supreme Court responded by issuing an executive order that established a streamlined process for automatic expungements.

“The automatic expungement of marijuana charges has been an organizational feat,” said State Court Administrator Julie Hamil. “There has been coordination at every level of the Judiciary to execute this process in a timely and holistic fashion.”

According to a press release issued by the judiciary on Thursday, a total of 3,015 individual cases were expunged in the Superior Court, 10,650 cases in the District Court, and 9,952 cases in the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

The upcoming second phase of the expungement process, planned to be completed by July, 2024, will primarily focus on eliminating cannabis possession records related to cases involving multiple criminal violations.

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