Governor Sisolak Seeks To Pardon Nevadans With Cannabis Offenses

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced last week a plan to provide relief for tens of thousands of people in the state who have previous convictions for cannabis offenses.

Nevada voters approved the medical use of cannabis in 2000 and recreational use in 2016 through ballot initiatives, though past marijuana offenses were not automatically cleared with the passage of either.

Governor Sisolak on Thursday revealed that he had placed a resolution for considerations regarding past cannabis convictions on this week’s Board of Pardons Commissioners agenda.

“The people of Nevada have decided that possession of small amounts of marijuana is not a crime,” said Governor Sisolak. “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 Board will address Governor Sisolak’s proposal at a web-based meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The meeting will be viewable via a live stream on the Nevada Supreme Court website at 9:00 a.m.

Under Governor Sisolak’s proposed resolution, Nevadans previously convicted for personal possession of one ounce of cannabis or less would be unconditionally pardoned, unless their conviction was for an offense that did not become legal, such as selling cannabis.