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Missouri cannabis expungements off to fast start

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just a few weeks after Missouri counties could start expunging marijuana cases, the marijuana advocacy group NORML says more than 3,500 Missourians have already had their past cases wiped from their records in roughly 25 counties.

“These days it’s so easy to access someone’s criminal history online so removing this from the public access is especially important for people looking for jobs, trying to get a loan to buy a car or a house,” said NORML Missouri State Coordinator Dan Viets.

Counties have until June to expunge misdemeanor offenses and until December for felony cases. People who are still in prison or on parole for marijuana charges have to petition the state for their relief.

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