ORLANDO, Fla. — Senator Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) announced a new bill on Tuesday, December 8 intending to expunge marijuana convictions in Florida.
The legalization or decriminalization of marijuana has now reached a majority of states and even passed federally in the house. Some legislators in Florida say the expungement of marijuana offenses must be something they begin to consider.
Florida law makes possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis a misdemeanor, 14 counties in Florida already enacted local decriminalization policies that allow for a civil citation to be issued instead of a state misdemeanor charge.
State Senator Randolph Bracy says he plans to build on these local reforms by introducing a new bill that creates a pathway for criminal record expungement of misdemeanor marijuana convictions.