A Pennsylvania state representative said Thursday he will introduce legislation that will vacate previous marijuana convictions for patients who have enrolled in the state medical marijuana program.
"It's not expungement. I'm not saying we would vacate all cannabis convictions," Harris said in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News. "But this would allow judges to remove convictions for people who now have medical marijuana cards."
San Francisco's district attorney on Wednesday said that city prosecutors will toss out or reduce thousands of criminal convictions for marijuana dating back decades, according to the Associated Press. D.A. George Gascon said his office will dismiss nearly 3,000 misdemeanor cases and review nearly 5,000 felony cases.
Harris said he was seeking cosponsors for the bill and said he was "optimistic" it would make its way to Gov. Wolf's desk and be signed into law.
"It makes no sense for something that is now deemed to be a medicine to be a permanent stain on a patient's record," he said, "especially if they were trying to treat a medical condition at the time of their arrest."