The Portland Press Herald recently ran a piece on newly legalized marijuana and brought up the question of whether those who have been convicted of past offenses should continue to pay the consequences, or if their records should be expunged.

It wasn't all that long ago that people were being arrested for buying, selling and using marijuana. These past convictions can affect someone's ability to get a job, secure housing and apply for student loans. When the cannabis laws changed in California, they wiped all convictions involving marijuana from the books. In Massachusetts people with past records can request a review on a case-by-case basis.

What should Maine do about past convictions for a non-violent crime that is now legal? Should those records be erased or should those records stand because the law was broken?

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