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Oregon: Proposal Could Wipe Clean Some Pot-Related Criminal Records

SALEM — As Oregon prepares for legal recreational pot, state lawmakers are looking at options to make it easier for people convicted of marijuana-related crimes to get their criminal records expunged.

A bill to help people convicted prior to a 2013 reclassification of marijuana offenses passed the state Senate with broad support on Tuesday. Three Republicans — Sen. Alan Olson, R-Canby, Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River and Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls — were the only senators to vote “no” on the bill. It will next head to the House where it will be assigned to committee.

Senate Bill 364 would require judges to consider the 2013 reclassification of some marijuana crimes in Oregon when a person seeks to have those crimes expunged from his or her record. Currently, reclassification of many pot-related crimes to lower-level offenses only applies to offenses committed since that law took effect July 1, 2013. [Read More at Portland Tribune]

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