Don’t let a prior marijuana conviction keep you from that school, job, or opportunity that you have your heart set on.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE | On Sept. 16, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman are reminding Pennsylvanians with select minor, non-violent marijuana criminal convictions to apply for Pardons on or before Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. To date, approximately 1,600 people have applied through the PA Marijuana Pardon Project.
“This is an opportunity for individuals who are seeking to move forward with their lives to get a second chance,” Gov. Wolf said. “I encourage anyone who may be eligible to apply today.”
Pennsylvania estimates that thousands of individuals are eligible for a one-time expedited pardon for marijuana-related convictions. Anyone formerly found guilty of Possession of Marijuana (Title 35 Section 780-113 Subsection A31) or Marijuana, Small Amount Personal Use (Title 35 Section 780-113 Subsection A31I) can apply through the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. There is no age limit for the conviction, including those which pre-date marijuana’s inclusion as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
“If you’re living your best life, I believe in a fresh start. Imagine not being able to volunteer at your kid’s school because of some stupid weed charge 20 years ago,” Lt. Gov. Fetterman said. “The governor and I strongly believe in second chances.”
What is a pardon?
A pardon constitutes complete forgiveness for crimes committed. However, the conviction remains on a permanent record. Anyone granted a pardon may petition the court to expunge the conviction from their record. Those ineligible for the PA Marijuana Pardon Project due to additional criminal convictions are encouraged to apply for clemency at bop.pa.gov.