Cleveland motions to expunge over 4,000 marijuana convictions

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb has filed a motion to expunge the record of more than 4,000 people convicted of minor marijuana possession cases. 

Bibb wa joined at the Justice Center by Council President Blaine Griffin and Chief Prosecutor Aqueelah Jordan on Wednesday to officially turn in the motion with the city clerk’s office. 

The motion would expunge 4,077 records of marijuana convictions, dating back to 2017. The cases involved would be those involving minor misdemeanor marijuana possession cases of 20 grams or less under the city’s ordinance.

The motions will be considered by Presiding Judge Michelle Earley and other judges in Cleveland Municipal Court. The expungements will take effect as soon as the motions are signed by the judges.  

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