Arizona Citizens Can Now Apply for Expungement of Marijuana Convictions
Seal or Expunge a Marijuana Record in Cochise County
BISBEE, Ariz. (July 12, 2021) – Beginning today, persons who have been previously convicted of possession of marijuana or cannabis can now petition the court to have their convictions removed from their records. Under the recent passing of Proposition 207, eligible persons may file a formal request asking the court to expunge or seal their marijuana-related criminal records.
Eligible petitioners are those who were arrested, charged, convicted or acquitted of any of the following offenses, occurring before November 30, 2020:
- Possessing, consuming, or transporting 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana, of which no more than 12.5 grams was in the form of marijuana concentrate (cannabis).
- Possessing, transporting, cultivating, or processing no more than six marijuana plants at your primary residence for personal use.
- Possessing, using, or transporting paraphernalia related to the cultivation, manufacture, processing, or consumption of marijuana.
The Arizona Proposition 207: Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, is an initiative that was recently voted in as result of the 2020 Arizona general election. The proposition allows the legalization, taxation, and recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and over.
In Cochise County, persons may submit a petition to the county court by filing the Prop 207 Marijuana Conviction Expungement Request Form, found on the Cochise County Court Services website. Citizens must file with the court in the county where they were arrested, charged, convicted and/or acquitted. If a person has more than one eligible offense under more than one case number, they must file a separate petition form for each case number. Those who have a conviction from another county in Arizona must visit the Az Courts website at https://www.azcourts.gov/prop207 for further information on how to file a petition.
“The County Attorney’s Office will review all applications submitted in as timely a manner as possible to implement the will of the voters in the State of Arizona in both the letter and the spirit of the law.” Says County Attorney Brian M. McIntyre.
To find additional information and resources, including approved forms and instructions about Arizona’s expungement process, visit https://www.azcourts.gov/prop207. For Cochise County specific information, you may visit the Cochise County Court Services website or contact Court Administration at 520-432-8500.