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Thousands in Nevada Will Have Minor Marijuana Convictions Pardoned


On June 17, 2020, the Nevada State Board of Pardons Commissioners unanimously passed an amended resolution that will pardon approximately 15,000 who have been convicted of minor marijuana offenses in the state. Many of these individuals had already served their sentences. 

Ever since Nevada voters approved of Question 2 in 2016 to legalize recreational cannabis for adults older than 21 years of age and decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, many state residents who were convicted of now legal laws still had their minor offenses remain on their records, while some of them are even felony convictions. This is the first time the Nevada State Board of Pardon Commissioners has made such a move. 

Before January 1, 2017, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana was considered a misdemeanor offense, punishable by jail time and a fine. The amended resolution will pardon individuals convicted of possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and those convicted more than one time for this offense. 

An expedited process for obtaining pardon documents will be created by the Secretary of the Nevada State Board of Pardons Commissioners. However, the resolution does not include record sealing, which is outside the Pardons Board’s scope. 

If you are interested in getting your record sealed with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas, contact The Draskovich Law Group today at (702) 381-6590 for a free consultation.