by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 3, 2019
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation into law facilitating those convicted of past marijuana crimes to have their records sealed.
Assembly Bill 192 permits those convicted of marijuana-specific activities which have since been decriminalized or legalized to submit a written request to the court to have those records sealed. Petitioners may not be charged a fee for submitting such a request, and any objections to the request must be filed within ten judicial days.
The new law takes effect on July 1, 2019.
The measure is similar to newly enacted laws in several other states – including California, Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington – facilitating either the expungement or the sealing of prior marijuana convictions (or, in some cases, other criminal violations).
For more information on pending legislation, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center.