Each state is approaching cannabis in different ways, but with the same goal
Michigan and Mississippi are following other states’ initiatives across the U.S. to change cannabis legislation. Just this week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed legislation on Monday that would allow people with low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged, and approved bills to expand more the record clearing process for other types of convictions. She said more people would be able to start over with a clean slate and would not suffer long-term consequences of having a criminal record.
The bill would allow people to apply for expungements for misdemeanor cannabis convictions that are no longer illegal after the state legalized marijuana in 2018. “During my 2018 campaign for governor I made expungement of marijuana charges one of my key priorities, and I’m so proud today that we can follow through on that goal,” Whitmer said at a press conference. “For too long, criminal charges have created barriers to employment, barriers to housing and others for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders. These bipartisan bills are going to be a game-changer.”
Meanwhile in Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) also signed legislation last Thursday that amends state law to allow people to obtain marijuana-derived medications that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “That said—helping people with safe treatments should not be off the table,” he said. “Just signed a bill for kids like Brady and Brianna with a rare form of epilepsy to get FDA-approved treatment.”