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Stewart-Cousins says marijuana convictions should be expunged

The records of those convicted of marijuana possession charges should be expunged if the state moves to legalize marijuana sales in New York, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday said at an unrelated news conference.

“I think they should be expunged,” she said.

State lawmakers who support legalization are backing a new bill after the effort failed to be included in the final budget agreement this year. The new bill largely reflects what Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in his initial budget plan in January, which would consolidate marijuana regulation for retail sales, medical cannabis and hemp production under one agency.

Cuomo earlier this year proposed sealing records for marijuana-related convictions.

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