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Council to Consider Allowing Some Marijuana Convictions to be Expunged

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield City Council will discuss a proposed ordinance that would allow some people to clear their records if they have been convicted of possessing marijuana or paraphernalia.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield City Council will discuss a proposed ordinance that would allow some people to clear their records if they have been convicted of possessing marijuana or paraphernalia.

The ordinance, up for a public hearing and first reading tonight, is a narrow amendment to City Code that was first approved in 1978.  (sections 78-260 and 78-261)

One section would allow someone who either pleaded guilty or was convicted of a first possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana a minimum of two years ago, can request the conviction be erased from their criminal record.  There are other limiting restrictions, including not being convicted of any other marijuana-related offense or having other felony convictions.  

Read the full ordinance attached above this story.

The second section is similar, for people (after a minimum of two years) who pleaded guilty or was convicted of a first possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  Similar restrictions also apply that limit who can request their criminal record be expunged for this crime.

The city's Plans and Polities Committee is recommending the Council approve the ordinance.

The public can speak on this issue at tonight's regular City Council meeting, which begins at 6:30 pm at Historic City Hall


See the Council's full agenda here
  
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