Despite pot legalization, 250,000 Michiganders still burdened by marijuana convictions

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A quarter of million Michiganders have a marijuana-related conviction on their criminal record. It’s a stain that continues to upend lives years after Michigan legalized marijuana.

For decades, police have been arresting thousands of people in Michigan each year on marijuana charges, and in some cases, sending those people to prison — until Michigan legalized recreational marijuana in 2018.

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