A North Carolina lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize the possession of cannabis for individual use and permit for the expungement of previous marijuana convictions.

On Wednesday, Senator Paul Lowe [D-Forsyth] introduced SB58, a bill that would amend state drug laws to permit for the possession of up to 3 ounces of cannabis by adults more than the age of 21.

Lowe introduced a related bill in 2018 that would have permitted for the possession of up to 4 ounces of cannabis.

Beneath the new bill, possessing additional than 3 ounces would be viewed as a Class 1 misdemeanor and up to sixteen ounces would be treated as a Class 1 felony.

Presently, possession of up to 1.five ounces of marijuana or other controlled substance is a Class three misdemeanor and comes with 1 to 20 days of active intermediate, or neighborhood punishment and a maximum $1,000 fine.

The bill would permit anybody convicted of possessing much less than 3 ounces of marijuana to file a petition for expungement in the court or county exactly where the ruling was created. Just after notice to the district lawyer, the court would hold a hearing to confirm the petition and, if eligible, erase the conviction.

SB58 institutes a $100 charge to be collected at the time of filing and deposited into the Basic Fund. Charges would be waived for indigent petitioners.

The bill does not make any adjustments to laws relating to hashish or concentraces, which state that possession of up to 1-twentieth of an ounce is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and up to 3-twentieths of an ounce is a Class 1 felony.

If SB58 becomes law, it will go into impact on July 1, 2019.


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