Bill would decriminalize marijuana, expunge prior convictions

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RALEIGH, N.C. –A bill introduced to downgrade the penalty for possession of marijuana in North Carolina passed the first reading on Wednesday and was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary, The Daily Chronic reports.

House Bill 637 would replace a criminal penalties for the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana with a civil infraction, according to the report.

Simple marijuana possession is currently classified as a Class 3 criminal misdemeanor and is punishable by a suspended sentence and a $200 fine.

Under the bill, anyone convicted of marijuana possession prior to December 1, 2013 who had not been convicted of any other felony or misdemeanor, would be eligible to file a petition to have the marijuana offense expunged from their criminal record.

Read more at The Daily Chronic

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