Marijuana Pardons

Effective April 3, 2024, misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions have been pardoned by Governor Maura Healey.

Marijuana law has changed dramatically over the past decades – marijuana possession was once illegal but is now allowed in Massachusetts. Recognizing clemency as a powerful tool to promote fairness and equity in the justice system, Governor Healey took executive action to pardon misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions in our state.

Request a Pardon Certificate

The Governor’s pardon forgives Massachusetts state court convictions before March 13, 2024 for what is commonly known as simple possession of marijuana. Most people will not need to take any action to have their criminal records updated. However, you may request a pardon certificate, which may help remove civil or legal restrictions because of the conviction.  

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