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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the same as the automatic expungement process?

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, is managing the automatic expungement process. More information can be found here.

Do I need to apply to be reviewed?

Based on the law, case data will be reviewed by CEB staff to identify eligible cases for review and possible expungement and brought before the Board for decision-making. Individuals will not be required or permitted to submit their own records.

When will the Board begin reviewing eligible cases?

  • The Board is hoping to begin reviewing cases before the end of 2024.
  • The Board requires staff to complete conviction reviews, which will include reviewing many case documents to identify eligible cases and eliminating cases involving a dangerous weapon, the intentional infliction of bodily harm on another, an attempt to inflict bodily harm on another, or an act committed with the intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death.
  • The Board will review all cases to determine whether the conviction or stay of adjudication is eligible for an expungement or resentencing to a lesser offense. Staff alone are not authorized to eliminate cases from consideration without Board review.

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Board Appointees

The Cannabis Expungement Board is a unique board that consists of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (or a designee), the Attorney General (or designee), one public defender, the Commissioner of Corrections (or designee), and one public member with relevant experience.  While the determination of some board members is still pending, we welcome you to read about board members Chief Judge Susan Segal (designee), Public Defender Amanda Brodhag, the Commissioner of Corrections designee Deputy Commissioner Safia Khan, and public member Rebecca St. George

As the positions are filled, you will find the full list of board members on the board member page.

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About the Board

Read about the laws that have gone into effect surrounding the legality of cannabis, and the process of expungement or resentencing, plus information about the board and the Cannabis Expungement Board's subjectivity to Open Meeting Law.
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