Nevada: Officials Approve Unconditional Pardons for Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions - Grow Life 420

Nevada: Officials Approve Unconditional Pardons for Those with Low-Level Marijuana Convictions

June 17, 2020

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State officials today moved to grant unconditional pardons to thousands of Nevadans with low-level marijuana convictions.

The move comes one week after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak initially proposed the idea of issuing blanket pardons for persons convicted of minor marijuana possession offenses. Members of the Nevada Board of Pardons unanimously approved an amended version of the Governor’s resolution at their meeting this morning.

The move summarily pardons an estimated 15,000 people previously convicted of offenses involving the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis.

“Today is an historic day for those who were convicted of what has long been considered a trivial crime, and is now legal under Nevada law,” the Governor said in a press release. “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.”

Commenting on the state’s actions, NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “The Governor and the members of the Pardons Board are to be commended for taking this proactive stance. Thousands of citizens unduly carry the undue burden and stigmatization of a past conviction for behavior that is no longer considered to be a crime. Our sense of justice and our principles of fairness demand that officials move swiftly to right the past wrongs of cannabis prohibition and criminalization.”

As per the resolution, the Secretary of the Nevada State Board of Pardons Commissioners will create an expedited process for those seeking pardon documents, which will be free of charge and available online. The Board’s actions do not include records sealing, which is outside the scope of the Pardons Board.

In recent months, Democratic Governors J.B. Pritzker of Illinois Jay Inslee of Washington have both similarly moved to issue blanket pardons to thousands of residents with past cannabis convictions.

A full statement from Governor Sisolak’s office is online here.



Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, KahliBuds, 420GrowLife

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