PHOENIX (AP) — In August 2011, a police officer found a marijuana roach in Carlos Diaz’s car under the seat when he was pulled over for a broken headlight. Diaz said he was sober and passed a field sobriety test.
The resulting misdemeanor for marijuana possession conviction has haunted him for the past decade.
Diaz, a Glendale resident who works in finance, said the misdemeanor hindered his ability to secure a couple of promising job offers over the years due to the charge coming up in the background check.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been working the last 10 years. I’ve been able to provide for my family as I will for the next 20 years, God willing, but I wasn’t able to get a couple of jobs because of that charge,” Diaz, 46, said.
Now Diaz and others with similar marijuana cases can, for the first time in state history, petition to have their convictions expunged, the Arizona Capitol Times reported
Petitions to expunge certain marijuana offenses as of Monday could be be submitted to superior courts — thanks to the voter-approved Proposition 207.
The Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 years and older and passed with 60% of the vote, also introduced a chance to expunge certain marijuana-related arrests, charges, adjudications, convictions and sentences.