North Carolina Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana Possession, Expunge Some Criminal Records

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jun. 11, 2018) – A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate would decriminalize marijuana possession and expunge the records of certain marijuana offenders. Passage into law would take a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.

Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) introduced Senate Bill 791 (S791) with three co-sponsors on May 31. The legislation would decriminalize marijuana possession for individuals possessing up to four ounces. Marijuana possession would only become a felony if an individual was caught possessing more than 16 ounces of cannabis under the proposed law.

The legislation would also expunge the criminal records of certain marijuana offenders. S791 reads as follows:

A person who was convicted… for possession of marijuana, and the quantity of marijuana possessed was four ounces (avoirdupois) or less, may file a petition in the court of the county where the person was convicted for expunction of the offense from the person’s criminal record and any other official record containing an entry relating to the person’s apprehension, charge, trial, or conviction. The court, after notice to the district attorney, shall hold a hearing on the petition and, upon finding that the violation… involved possession of

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