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Conviction records to be removed among those who were convicted of minor marijuana possession prior to 2016

Governor Steve Sisolak
Offering pardons for possessing small amounts of marijuana prior to 2016, the year marijuana was legalized in Nevada.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking the Nevada Board of Pardons to pardon thousands of people who were convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana prior to 2016 – basically marijuana for use by people who just wanted to smoke it – not be a dealer.  Recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2016.

In signing his request, Governor Sisolak said “The people of Nevada have decided that possession of small amounts of marijuana is not a crime.  If approved, this resolution will clear the records of people who wear the stigma of a conviction for actions that have now been decriminalized.”

The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners include the Governor, the Justices of the Supreme Court, and the Attorney General. The Board can reverse prior convictions with sufficient grounds, which obviously apply to the fact that marijuana was legalized in Nevada back in 2016. 

The Pardons Board’s agenda description: 

“The State Board of Pardons Commissioners (Board) will consider commuting sentences, granting pardons and restoring the civil rights of the applicants listed on this agenda. The Board may take action to commute or modify the sentence of a prisoner, grant a full and unconditional pardon .. , grant a conditional pardon .. •, deny a request, or take no action on a request. The Pardons Board may restore the right to bear arms to an applicant even if the applicant has not specifically requested such action.”

The Pardons Board will meet June 17th, 9am.

The meeting will be held June 17 at 9 a.m. The meeting agenda can be viewed here.  If you’d like to watch the meeting via the internet, go to  www.PardonsNV.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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