Nevada Pardons More Than 15,000 People With Marijuana Convictions Under Governor’s Resolution

Nevada Pardons More Than 15,000 People With Marijuana Convictions Under Governor’s Resolution

More than 15,000 people who were convicted for low-level marijuana possession in Nevada have been automatically pardoned under a resolution from the governor that was unanimously approved by the state’s Board of Pardons Commissioners on Wednesday. The measure extends unconditional clemency to individuals with possession convictions of up to one ounce from January 1986 to January 2017. It was introduced to the board by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) last week. “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. “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.” Today, the Nevada State Board of Pardons Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution I put forward to pardon those convicted of minor marijuana offenses, which are now legal. pic.twitter.com/iqcg0InUp5 — Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 17, 2020 While pardons don’t void convictions, they can restore rights such as the ability to vote, own a firearm or serve on a jury. Those who are eligible for the pardon also have the opportunity to submit a form for expedited processing of documentation reflecting their status change. “Today we took another step toward justice by pardoning thousands of Nevadans for…

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