Nevada: Governor Signs Measure Sealing Past Marijuana Convictions

Carson City, NV: Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation into law facilitating the ability of those with past marijuana crimes to have their records sealed.

Assembly Bill 192 permits those convicted of marijuana-specific activities which have since been decriminalized or legalized to submit a written request to the court to have those records sealed. Petitioners may not be charged a fee for submitting such a request, and any objections to the request must be filed within ten judicial days.

Upon signing the bill, the Governor stated, "[I]t’s time also to provide a better future for those who face barriers to success because of an old marijuana conviction. Proud to sign this bill that will provide a better life for so many Nevadans."

The new law takes effect on July 1, 2019.

The measure is similar to newly enacted laws in several other states – including California, Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington – facilitating either the expungement or the sealing of prior marijuana convictions (or, in some cases, other criminal violations).

The governor separately signed legislation (AB 431) restoring voting rights to felons immediately following their release from prison, and Senate Bill 430, expanding to the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis therapy to include those diagnosed with chronic pain, autism, anxiety, and opioid dependency, among other conditions. Both acts become effective on July 1, 2019. 

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.