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County commissioners, DA working to remove minor marijuana offenses

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jan 07, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County commissioners are working with the DA to wipe out minor marijuana offenses.

A Clark County commissioner tells 13 Action News that lower marijuana-related offenses on your record may hurt your ability to get a particular job or even apply for loans. Now, that pot is legal in Nevada a few lawmakers don't think you should still carry that burden.

County commissioner Tick Segerblom wants to move low-level marijuana arrests, convictions, and warrants off the books.

"Whatever they did at the time is now legal. I don't think they should be punished for something that is currently legal," Segerblom said.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson feels the same way, according to Segerblom.

"Giving him the authority, he could use a computer program and wipe these convictions off the record," Segerblom said.

Currently, you can wipe these type of convictions off your record on your own, but it's expensive.

Allowing the DA to do it can save money by as quick as a click of a button.

"It just seems right and only fair," Segerblom said.

However, if you had previously paid fines and court fees, Commissioner Segerblom says, unfortunately, that's the downside.

"It was illegal at the time and we cannot afford to return the fees, but if we can clear it off the record that's some justice," Segerblom said.

The new system would help remove some offenses that are decades old.

The new bill is expected to be introduced to state lawmakers when the legislative session begins in February.