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The state owes money to 40,000 drug defendants whose convictions were overturned due to misconduct by state drug lab chemists.

But it will take several more months for those people to get reimbursed for any fees and fines they paid.

After a year of work, the process of identifying how much money people are owed has proven “difficult and time-consuming,” according to a status report filed with the Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office and attorneys for the drug defendants: Daniel Marx, William Fick and Luke Ryan.

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