Cannabis Conviction Pardons on the Agenda in Nevada
The governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak (D), has announced that the pardoning of tens of thousands of low-level cannabis convictions will be on the Board of Pardons Commissioners agenda next week. As reported in Marijuana Moment, the new resolution introduced by the governor would trigger blanket pardons for those serving time solely for possession of marijuana.
While Nevada’s governor signed a bill last year to allow those with cannabis convictions to petition the court for expungements, the new measure would offer pardons proactively. Tens of thousands of people doing time in Nevada jails and prisons for low-level cannabis convictions would be eligible for pardons if the resolution passes. Regarding the reasoning behind the governor’s decision, the article quotes Sisolak as saying, “The people of Nevada have decided that possession of small amounts of marijuana is not a crime.”