Michigan's Newly Elected Governor Says She'll Forgive Old Marijuana Crimes

Michigan not only legalized recreational marijuana yesterday, but also elected a cannabis friendly governor. And now the governor-elect says she's going to help get rid of old marijuana convictions.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won her race to become the next governor of the state of Michigan. In her first press conference after winning the election, Whitmer says she will begin working on expunging cannabis convictions from people's records in Michigan.

“I think that the people of Michigan have said that for conduct that would now be legal, no one should bear a lifelong record for that conduct,” Whitmer said. She then said she will "start taking a look at (marijuana crime expungement) and making some decisions and taking some action early next year."

Whitmer said multiple times on the campaign trail that she supports marijuana legalization and the ballot initiative that passed yesterday. 

It's not clear though if Whitmer will have the authority to expunge the convictions. One spokesperson said that the governor would need help from the Michigan legislature, which is still controlled by Republicans, in order to make it happen.

But either way, it appears Michigan will have a cannabis champion in the governor's mansion for the next four years.

(h/t Detroit News)

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