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Nevada Governor To Pardon Over 15,000 People Charged With Cannabis Possession

Posted by on July 18, 2020 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

 

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John Vibes | Truth Theory

Cannabis has been legal for recreational use in Nevada for a few years now, and has become a significant part of the state’s economy. Unfortunately, even though the substance is legal, many people are still in prison on cannabis-related charges and many others have criminal records from cannabis arrests that prevent them from attaining certain jobs, owning firearms, and appearing on juries.


Luckily, the state is making moves to pardon many of these people and clear their records. Last month, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak introduced a measure that will pardon more than 15,000 people who were convicted for low-level marijuana possession in the state. The resolution was unanimously approved by the state’s Board of Pardons Commissioners shortly after it was introduced.

 

 

In a press release announcing the measure’s passage, Sisolak said, “Today is a historic day for those who were convicted of what has long been considered a trivial crime, and is now legal under Nevada law. Since the passage of [adult-use legalization] in 2016 and the decriminalization of possession for small amounts of marijuana, many Nevadans have had these minor offenses remain on their records, in some cases as a felony. This resolution aims to correct that and fully restore any rights lost as a result of these convictions.”

Unfortunately, only people who were convicted of possessing up to one ounce between January 1986 to January 2017 will qualify for clemency. People convicted of distribution or possession of larger amounts will not be eligible.

Attorney General Aaron Ford praised the legislation and promised additional efforts to reform the criminal justice system.

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