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Nevada: Governor Vetoes Bill Vacating Past Marijuana Convictions

Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation, Assembly Bill 259, that sought to allow minor marijuana offenders to vacate and seal their past convictions.

The measure stated: "If a person has been convicted of a misdemeanor for the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana in violation of subsection 4 of NRS 453.336 or for a violation of any other provision of law concerning an offense involving marijuana, if the act constituting such an offense is a lawful act in this State on or after January 1, 2017, the person may petition the court ... for an order: (a) Vacating the judgment; and (b) Sealing all documents, papers and exhibits in the person’s record, minute book entries and entries on dockets, and other documents relating to the case in the custody of such other agencies and officers as are named in the court’s order.”

Members of the Assembly voted 27 to 15 in favor of the bill. Members of the Senate voted 12 to 9 in support of its passage.

Governor Sandoval vetoed the measure on June 12.