Nevada governor wants pardons for those previously convicted of minor marijuana offensesPosted by On


CARSON CITY — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday that he placed a resolution for consideration on the Board of Pardons Commissioners agenda to provide relief to tens of thousands of people who were previously convicted for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

In 2016, Nevadans voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through a ballot initiative. A provision of the initiative legalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. The Governor’s proposed resolution would unconditionally pardon individuals previously convicted of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, not for purpose of sale.

“The people of Nevada have decided that possession of small amounts of marijuana is not a crime,” Gov. Sisolak said. “If approved, this resolution will clear the slate for thousands of people who bear the stigma of a conviction for actions that have now been decriminalized.”

The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners is comprised of the Governor, the Justices of the Supreme Court, and the Attorney General. The Board has been granted statutory authority to pardon or otherwise grant clemency to individuals for prior criminal convictions.

The meeting will be held June 17 at 9 a.m. The meeting agenda can be viewed here.

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