Gov. Sisolak wants to pardon people convicted of minor marijuana possession

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak announced Thursday morning that he wants the Board of Pardons Commissioners to provide pardons to thousands of people who were previously convicted for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Sisolak placed a resolution for consideration on the board’s agenda for its meeting on Wednesday, June 17.

Nevadans voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2016. A provision of the initiative legalized possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Sisolak’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. They have been granted statutory authority to pardon or otherwise grant clemency to individuals for prior criminal convictions. 

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