Cannabis Expungement Bill Unanimously Approved by Cincinnati City Council

The Cincinnati City Council gave unanimous approval03.18.13news-flickr-marijuana-edit Wednesday to a measure allowing for the expungement of cannabis possession misdemeanors. The proposal, put forth by Councilmember Charlie Winburn, is supported by Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

The proposed law, which now heads to Mayor John Cranley for consideration (though the Council has well more than enough votes to override a veto), would allow those who’ve receive a charge for possessing up to 200 grams of cannabis within the city to have it sealed from their record, so that it won’t appear on a background check.

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Cincinnati Council Committee Unanimously Approves Cannabis Expungement Bill

The Cincinnati City Councilmmw_pot_112108_article Law and Public Safety Committee has given unanimous approval to a proposal by Councilmember Charlie Winburn to allow for the expungement of cannabis possession misdemeanors. The measure is now up for a full Council vote, which is expected to come this week.

Under the proposed law, those who’ve received a misdemeanor for possessing up to 200 grams of cannabis within the city will be able to have the charge sealed from their record, meaning it won’t appear on a background check.

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Cincinnati City Council Holds Public Hearing on Cannabis Expungement Bill

The Cincinnati City Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing this morning on a resolution by Councilmember Charlie Winburn to allowcincinnati for the expungement of cannabis possession misdemeanors, and a majority of those who spoke at the hearing were in favor.

Under the proposed law, those who’ve received a misdemeanor for possessing up to 200 grams of cannabis within the city will be able to have the charge sealed from their record, meaning it won’t appear on a background check. According to Winburn, this would affect over 10,000 individuals.

In 2006, Cincinnati passed a law making the possession of up to 200 grams of cannabis a criminal (non-expungeable) misdemeanor with a potential 30 day jail sentence. This law was repealed in 2010 to put the city in line with the state, which finds the possession of up to 100 grams of cannabis a minor (expungeable) misdemeanor with no possibility of jail time; possessing 100 to 200 grams can net someone a jail sentence of up to 30 days, but remains a minor misdemeanor.

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