Michigan Cannabis Expungement Guide

Michigan Cannabis Expungement Guide

Discover comprehensive insights into the Michigan cannabis expungement process through these detailed and informative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How did Michigan handle expungements for cannabis?

Michigan has a new set of expungement laws that took effect in April 2021, called “Clean Slate,” which allows some marijuana offenses to be eligible for expungement.

Individuals can petition to expunge past marijuana misdemeanors. After seven years, up to four misdemeanor convictions can be set aside (marijuana-related or not), along with up to two non-violent felonies (excluding certain offenses)​.

All felonies? Only non-violent?

The law excludes felonies that have a maximum punishment of life in prison, such as higher-tier drug trafficking convictions.

Were there any crimes related to cannabis that disqualified someone from applying as a social equity applicant?

Convicted felons can apply for a cannabis business license unless they were convicted of an offense involving the distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.

Status of Current Social Equity Program:

The Social Equity Program is available as a provision under MRTMA to promote and encourage participation in the cannabis industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.

Social Equity Program Criteria: In order to qualify for the program, individuals must meet one of the qualifying criteria listed under the Individuals section. Once eligible for the program, Establishments must meet one of the following qualifying criteria under the Establishments section.

  • Individual:
    • Residency in a disproportionately impacted community for at least 5 cumulative years;
    • A misdemeanor conviction of a marijuana-related offense.
    • A felony conviction of a marijuana-related offense.
    • Registration as a primary caregiver under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) for at least 2 years of the last 5 years.
  • Establishment:
    • Eligible social equity participants who plan to operate a marijuana establishment within one of the identified disproportionately impacted communities will receive a fee reduction on all adult-use licensing fees.

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