Chirali V. Patel Quoted in NJ.com article on Ongoing Initiative to Expunge Marijuana Criminal Records


Chirali V. Patel, attorney in the Cannabis & Hemp practice as Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the NJ.com article, “N.J. automatically expunged 360K marijuana cases this summer. There could be more to come. " The article discusses the ongoing initiative in New Jersey to expunge the records of those incarcerated on marijuana related charges and the current roadblocks that they face.

“There should be upwards of millions of cases,” said Chirali Patel, an attorney with Pashman Stein Walder Hayden. She said she hopes the state re-examines those cases and finds a way to clear them, too.

But she also praised the progress made in clearing the records and by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, which last month unveiled its social-equity focused rules to steer New Jersey’s legal weed market.

“Decriminalization and legalization are trying to work hand-in-hand,” Patel said. “Of course, this is just one step. Dealing with the collateral damage of having had a record — it still prevented them from so much. They’re finally getting to be getting to the startling line.”

To view the nj.com article, click here.

Excerpts of Chirali Patel’s comments also appeared in Thecrimereport.org.

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