Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession
A new bill currently pending in the Nevada legislature would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.
Assembly Bill 259, introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, would also make it possible for those convicted on drugs charges who show “good cause” to become eligible for early release. It would also replace mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession in favor of substance abuse treatment.
As we continue to make progress in the legalization of cannabis, we must assure that we take care of the casualties of the drug war. This means vacating convictions for people whose “crimes” consist of behavior that is now legal. It also means making certain that those incarcerated for behavior that has been legalized don’t spend another day locked up. And finally we must adjust sentencing going forward to reflect society’s new views on drug use.
Kudos to Nevada for taking an important step in the direction of social justice!