After Prop. 207 legalized marijuana use for adults, more and more people are hoping to get previous marijuana convictions wiped off their records.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Superior Court says they are seeing an influx of people seeking to have their marijuana convictions wiped off their records after the passage of Prop. 207. 

Prop. 207, which was passed last November, legalized possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 years or older in Arizona. The court says an average of 650 people per week are filing petitions in the Superior Court looking to have these convictions off their records. 

Justin Kauffman, who works at Nature's Medicines,  has had to live with the criminal cloud hanging over him since 2013, when he got busted for possession of marijuana. "It has been something that has been haunting my mind for at least eight years," said Kauffman. "Nothing I did would take that stress off my plate because it was still there, still on my record, and nothing I could do to get it off." But the time has finally come for Kauffman to clear his name.

According to the Superior Court website, those who are eligible may file if their case was resolved in the Superior Court of Maricopa County or if they want to expunge one or more of the following convictions.

The convictions include: 

  • Possessing, consuming, or transporting two and one-half ounces or less of marijuana, of with not more than twelve and one-half grams was in the forms of marijuana concentrate.
  • Possessing, transporting, cultivating, or processing not more than six marijuana plants at your primary residence for personal use.
  • Possessing, using, or transporting paraphernalia related to the cultivation, manufacture, processing, or consumption or marijuana. 

People who were arrested but not charged can file a petition, as can those who had cases resolved in Juvenile court. Those charged in a lower court can file a petition at the lower court. 

Scottsdale attorney Steven Scharboneau said that expunging these marijuana cases will lift the social and financial stigmas that past marijuana offenders have had to live with. "It's very difficult for somebody with a felony conviction or criminal conviction at all to secure housing, especially in a market like this, jobs as well," said Scharboneau. "I have some folks who have been denied for something as little as car insurance."

Since filing began, the Superior Court has granted over 3,600 petitions. If the court grants the request, the conviction, sentence and court debt will be vacated and the defendant's civil rights will be restored. A website has been set up, making it easy for most people to fill the proper forms, without needing an attorney.

Kauffman filled out his petition three weeks ago and is hoping to have his record cleared any day now. He's convinced that not having a criminal record will lead to better opportunities in the future. "It means everything to get it off my record," said Kauffman. "It changed where I see myself going in the future and how much more potential I have available."


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