The Washington D.C. City Council has unanimously approved Bill 20-467, a proposal to allow those with cannabis possession charges that have since been decriminalized or legalized to have the offenses sealed from their record. The proposal would apply to anyone who received a charge for possessing up to an ounce of cannabis prior to July, when a decriminalization bill approved by the Council, and signed by the mayor, took effect.
“People who have had these issues in the past, it never leaves them,” says Councilmember David Grosso, who introduced the bill. “They have to check the box [indicating a prior conviction]. They can’t get a job. They can’t get public housing. They can’t get financial aid” for college.