People who have been arrested for pot possession in Connecticut now have the ability to get their convictions erased. On Monday, the State Supreme Court overturned a previous marijuana conviction in light of the state’s current decriminilaztion.
The court voted 7-0 at the hearing of Nicholas Menditto. “It’s a topic multiple states will have to be facing,” said Aaron Romano, Menditto’s attorney. “Because marijuana is being decriminalized across the United States, this issue needs to be addressed.”
Last week we reported that Oregon isalso considering a similar treatment of past marijuana offendors. Last year Colorado ruled that some people convicted of possessing small amounts should have the chance to overturn their convictions as well.
Connecticut legislators have also stated that if someone in the state is charged with less than ½ an ounce of pot then they will not face jail time. Instead they’ll get $150 fine and increasing fines for subsequent offences.
Menditto, who is 31 years of age has asked the state to eliminate his convictions for possession in 2009, but also has a current pending case. The state allowed him to erase his two convictions but they cannot erase the pending case.
Menditto is now an activist for medical marijuana and claims the pot he was arrested for was actually used for medical purposes. Even though he had his convictions erased, he believes that his pending case should be overturned as well.