If pot was made legal

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    Then would any ex cons who had been arrested for selling weed have it taken off the record?

    Would ex pot selling convicts be allowed to carry guns, gain employment in the FBI or other fields that the previous offense would automatically disclude them from pursuing?
     
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    The person already showed a capacity to ignore the law.

    Which is why making it legal to tax it is also a fail.
     
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    No. Alcohol is a legal substance but the manufacture and distribution is illegal without the proper state and federal licenses. You can't even manufacture whiskey for your own consumption. They still arrest moonshiners. To a lesser extent the manufacture and sale of tobacco is restricted. A pot conviction will stay on your record no matter how the marijuana laws are liberalized.
     
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    That should have jump started this thread. :lol:
     
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    Considering the state of the economy and future prospects over the next 4 years, the legalization of THC is probably a good move, it will keep a vast number sedated to the point where they would not know any difference, plus they could tax it to death. Can you imagine the tax riots when they increase the tax on pot?
     
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    No. They were culpable for a law violation and convicted (or diverted) by a court. That doesn't change simply because the law has changed. If they had completed successfully a period of diversion or probation they would be eligible for a change of plea (a NG plea which the court accepts and the rap sheet so notes, but the original entry remains as part of the official record).
     
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    Wry, we agree, sure you don't want to change your position?
     
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    Thanks for your reply.

    I was thinking about when alcohol was illegal and wondered if bootleggers who were arrested during prohibition had their records cleared after prohibition ended and if so would it be the same for people who were non violent convicts who went to prison for selling pot.

    Ex cons are barred from holding certain jobs, being a gun owner, performing in jury duty, etc etc, I think there is even a waiting period before they can vote in elections to but I am not sure on that one.

    I am not an ex con I just know one and wondered about it. :cool:
     
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    Well, since you put it that way I'll post standing up.
     
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    Granted pot-heads are not the most astute thinkers on the planet but they must know that the "legalization" of marijuana doesn't mean marijuana will be legal. Americans have been fighting over alcohol for two hundred years. We even had a rebellion over whiskey laws and you still are liable for arrest in the 21'st century if you make the stuff without a federal license. It's ironic that state and local government has all but shut down tobacco use with taxes and restrictive laws but the dreamers in the pot world think they are going to get a free ride when states "legalize" the weed. It ain't gonna happen.
     

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