Ohio Senate Votes To Remove Marijuana Paraphernalia Convictions From Criminal Records And Allow Broader Expungement

Ohio Senate Votes To Remove Marijuana Paraphernalia Convictions From Criminal Records And Allow Broader Expungement
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The Ohio Senate approved a large-scale criminal justice reform bill on Wednesday that contains provisions to protect people from having criminal records for arrests or convictions over simple possession of marijuana paraphernalia. It also includes measures clearing a path for people to have convictions for cannabis possession and other offenses sealed and expunged. Under the nearly 1,000-page measure from Sen. Nathan Manning (R), misdemeanor cannabis paraphernalia possession cases would “not constitute a criminal record,” nor would they need to be disclosed “in response to any inquiries about the person’s criminal record.” The Senate passes Senate Bill 288, sponsored by Senator @Manning_Nathan, reforming criminal justice for Ohio. pic.twitter.com/SbxgqPNWvp — Ohio Senate GOP (@OhioSenateGOP) November 30, 2022 The bill, which cleared the chamber in a 27-2 vote, covers a wide range of issues, including sentencing reform for people in prison and criminal records expungements. The House of Representatives is also working on its own separate criminal justice reform bill. While the end of the session is near, lawmakers and advocates are hopeful that the chambers can come together and get legislation to the governor’s desk in time. The Senate-passed bill would maintain that cannabis possession is considered a minor misdemeanor offense—but it would provide a pathway for sealing the record from public view after six months and expunging the conviction altogether after three years, according to the sponsor. There would be a fee of generally not more than $50 to obtain the record relief, but it could be waived if the applicant can show they are indigent. Senator @Manning_Nathan encourages Senate colleagues to support S.B, 288, his bill providing major criminal justice reforms for the state of Ohio. pic.twitter.com/sXglpz3j5x — Ohio Senate GOP (@OhioSenateGOP) November 30, 2022 “We have done a lot of work on this bill. And, really, the goal of…

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