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Jamaica law to purge minor pot convictions goes into effect

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's justice minister has signed an order to expunge some marijuana-related convictions now that the island has partially decriminalized small amounts of pot.

Justice Minister Mark Golding said Wednesday that he signed an order to provide a path for people to get criminal records purged if they have minor convictions for smoking or possessing marijuana.

In April, drug law amendments went into effect that partially decriminalized small amounts of pot and paved the way for a lawful medical marijuana sector in Jamaica. The act made possession of up to 2 ounces of weed a petty offense that would not result in a criminal record.

Before that, officials estimated 300 young men each week got criminal records and sometimes a lifelong stigma for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

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