Overturning Marijuana Convictions in Pennsylvania

Can your marijuana charges be expunged? Can you be pardoned for a marijuana conviction in Pennsylvania?

marijuana pardons in pennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania Board of Pardons (BOP) recently established an expedited review program for non-violent marijuana-specific convictions, including possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, DUI of medical-marijuana, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (PWID).

While applicants are welcome to apply for a pardon, there are no guarantees every applicant will get the Board’s approval. Some notable exceptions include people who have not yet been convicted and people who have completed the ARD program. There is no time limit for when the marijuana-related conviction occurred.

If you have been charged or convicted of marijuana offenses, contact our Pittsburgh Marijuana Lawyers today – we can help either fight your marijuana/cannabis charges or help you with the process of applying for a pardon. Our attorneys offer free consultations to anyone charged with a drug crime.


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Eligibility for the marijuana expedited review program in Pennsylvania includes the following criminal convictions:

  • Possession of a small amount of marijuana (personal use);
  • Possession of a small amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute (PWID);
  • Distribution of a small amount of marijuana (not for sale);
  • Paraphernalia-related offenses – marijuana-specific convictions;
  • Criminal conspiracy (marijuana-specific offense);
  • Marijuana-related DUI convictions incurred by lawful medical marijuana cardholders in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • Felony convictions for possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana PWID), and;
  • Marijuana-specific convictions of which the Board of Pardons deems appropriate.

Ineligibility for the marijuana pardon program includes:

  • Anyone not yet convicted of a marijuana-specific offense;
  • Anyone currently enrolled in, or who has completed the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program;  
  • Anyone actively under court-ordered supervision (i.e., probation or parole). This exception can be waived if you can obtain a letter as support from your probation/parole officer/office. 
  • Anyone who possesses a criminal conviction classified as a violent offense;
  • Anyone who possesses a conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana;
  • Anyone convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana who was not a lawful medical marijuana cardholder in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of the incident;
  • Any prospective applicant who at the time of submission is incarcerated for an offense that is unrelated to the conviction(s) for which they are seeking expedited relief, and;
  • Any individual’s application that the Secretary deems to be unsuitable for expedited review.

See the Pennsylvania Board of Pardon website for additional information or download the application packet here.



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If you were charged with marijuana in Pennsylvania, contact Ketchel Law today.

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