Council to Consider Allowing Some Marijuana Convictions to be Expunged

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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.

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