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A courtroom within the Santa Cruz County Courthouse. While some expungement cases for marijuana-related charges involve court hearings, others do not, according to Superior Court Judge Liliana Ortega.

Last fall, Jesse Lomeli left Tucson and drove an hour south to his hometown of Nogales. The goal, he said, was to help residents who had marijuana-related criminal charges.

In 2020, Arizona voters approved Proposition 207, a ballot measure that legalized small quantities of recreational marijuana. The following year, another statute from Prop. 207 went into effect, allowing certain individuals with cannabis-related charges to get their records expunged.

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Judge Liliana Ortega overseeing the expungement requests filed at Santa Cruz County Superior Court.



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