D.C. Lawmakers Approve Bill To Automatically Expunge Marijuana Records, Sending It To Mayor

D.C. Lawmakers Approve Bill To Automatically Expunge Marijuana Records, Sending It To Mayor
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Washington, D.C. lawmakers have approved a criminal justice reform bill that contains a newly added amendment to automatically expunge marijuana possession records for offenses that took place before the District enacted a limited cannabis legalization law in 2014. The D.C. Council unanimously passed the Second Chance Amendment Act, including the marijuana-focused provision, in a 13-0 vote on Tuesday, sending it to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). Prior to passage, lawmakers adopted an amendment from Councilmember Christina Henderson (D) that clarified the expungements language, specifying that records related to possession of “any quantity of marijuana” before the legalization law took effect in February 2015 would need to be automatically expunged by the courts. The reason for the amendment is that D.C. legalized possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, but criminal records don’t always reflect the quantity, “so the court and litigants cannot tell from the record itself whether the record qualifies as decriminalized conduct,” the rationale section of the amendment says. “Including all simple possession, rather than just possession of 2 ounces or less, clarifies the intent and allows the court and litigants to better implement the law,” it continues I am introducing an amendment to Second Chance that would require the automatic expungement of any criminal records of simple possession of marijuana prior to the enactment date of Initiative 71, which decriminalized the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana. — CM Christina Henderson (@CMCHenderson) December 20, 2022 Here’s the full text of the revised expungements section:  “The Court shall order automatic expungement of all criminal records and court proceedings related only to citations, arrests, charges, or convictions for the commission of a criminal offense that has subsequently been decriminalized, legalized, or held to be unconstitutional by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia or the…

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