Bill would expunge pot convictions for medical marijuana patients


Legislation introduced in the state Senate would expunge the criminal records of people convicted of marijuana possession if they can prove the pot was for their own medical purposes.

Under Senate Bill 1160, people would have to prove they were convicted of possession before Feb. 15, when legal medical marijuana became available in Pennsylvania.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), said people would have to show that they had been diagnosed by a doctor as having one of the qualifying medical conditions.

People also would have to prove they were using the marijuana for the sole purpose of treating the medical condition.

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