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Arizona Supreme Court Launches Website To Help People Navigate Marijuana Expungement Process

The Arizona Supreme Court has  launched a new website to help people determine if they are eligible to have their records expunged for marijuana-related offenses. 

Provisions in the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, passed by voters in 2020, will take effect this summer, allowing some people to expunge court records of arrests and convictions for certain marijuana-related offenses.

Aaron Nash, communications director for the Arizona Supreme Court, says in this case, expungement means the records will not be available to the public.

“It’s more like a sealed document," He said. "So if the public goes looking for it, there’s no record of this arrest or conviction having happened.”

Nash said tens of thousands of Arizonans could be eligible.

People who think they might qualify can visit  the website for more information. Petitions for expungement are also available on the site but they cannot be filed until July 12.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.