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Legalizing marijuana could lead to erasing marijuana-related criminal records

Albany lawmakers are quickly approaching their Wednesday deadline to approve legalizing recreational marijuana.

Part of the debate includes wording in the bill that essentially erases a person’s criminal record if they were convicted of a marijuana-related crime.

However, it’s still unclear how lawmakers would go about expunging records. The bill would reportedly erase the records of about 300,000 people.

Opponents of the bill say legalizing recreational marijuana would be dangerous for public safety. However, supporters say low-level marijuana arrests disproportionately affect people of color.

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