Washington D.C. City Council Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow Sealing of Cannabis Possession Charges

The Washington D.C. City Council has unanimously approved Bill 20-467, a proposal to allow thoseplantcannabis 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.

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D.C. Committee Votes Unanimously on Bill to Allow Sealing of Cannabis Convictions

The Washington D.C. Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety haswacanna voted unanimously to approve Bill 20-467, a proposal to allow individuals to file a motion to seal records relating to offenses that have since been decriminalized or legalized.

For example; Washington D.C. recently decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis; under Bill 20-467, those who were convicted of cannabis possession of up to an ounce prior to this law change would be allowed to have their records sealed, meaning employers, financial aid, etc. wouldn’t be able to view the charge when conducting a criminal background check.

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