Tick Segerblom, seen in October 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Marijuana is displayed on sale at Exhale Nevada on Friday, April 23, 2018. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Still wrangling with how to handle recreational-only cannabis dispensaries, Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday are expected to broach another contentious marijuana-related matter:
The commission, which will introduce new members Tick Segerblom and Justin Jones, is scheduled to address requesting the district attorney to wipe away low-level marijuana arrests and convictions, and vacate warrants, although top prosecutors currently do not have the authority.
Segerblom, the former Democratic state Senator who is credited with helping to usher in the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state, last year proposed a bill to arm district attorneys with such ability. Now carrying an item introduced by outgoing Commissioner Chris Giuchigliani, Segerblom is seeking to parlay his influence at state and county levels to speed up the court petition process for some marijuana offenders.
And he believes he may have an ally in the chief prosecutor in Nevada’s largest county.
“If there is a desire to have a discussion to expedite that process, I’m willing to participate in those discussions,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Review-Journal this week.
Segerblom said he believes there is enough appetite among state leaders to enable top prosecutors to petition courts en masse to seal records of pot-connected misdemeanors convictions that are no longer crimes.
In interviews this week, he said he arrived at that conclusion based on conversations with former colleagues in the state Legislature and Wolfson, a fellow Democrat.
“I think we’re all on the same page at this point,” Segerblom said. “Whatever I can do to push the Legislature, I will do that. But in my conversations, I think they’re there.”
Segerblom’s proposed law, which came when he was