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Senator Working on Proposal Pardoning Some Nevada Medical Pot Cardholders

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Medical marijuana cardholders in Nevada who have been convicted of possessing or selling marijuana could be pardoned in the next several years.

That's what State Senator Tick Segerblom (District 3, Clark County) is hoping for with a measure he plans to introduce in the next legislative session in 2015.

"The bill I'm proposing would go back and look at people who have convictions on their record, and have a mechanism where they can come back to court and ask the judge to remove that," Senator Segerblom said. "The district attorney would be able to go in and say, 'no, in this case, it wasn't appropriate,' but there will be a presumption that it was simply possession of marijuana that the state of Nevada no longer feels somebody should be penalized for, and they would remove the crime from the record."

Segerblom says the current law is vague, and that this proposal would be less confusing for the state-issued cardholders to follow. Voters approved a constitutional allowing marijuana for medical use back in 2000, but patients had no legal way to get it.

"You were allowed to grow plants," Segerblom said. "You can get a card from the state saying you could possess it, but if you bought a seed to even grow a plant, that was a felony. If you purchase marijuana from somebody else, that was a felony."

The senator supported a bill passed this last legislative session that would create legal dispensaries in the next few years for patients with state-issued medical marijuana cards. He says the current law makes people into criminals who are trying to exercise a constitutional right.

"Lots of resources were wasted on basically a non-violent crime," he said.

Locals have mixed-reactions on the proposal.

"It should be passed," said Anthony Roth of Reno. "It's not a big deal. It would really suck to go to prison. It's a waste of taxpayers' money to send them to jail for weed."

"I don't agree with it," said Roberta Hamilton of Lovelock. "It's just my thoughts. I just think that it should stay the way it is."

For critics of the proposal, Segerblom says it has to go through the legislature, and it may not be passed.

"It's not going to happen tomorrow," he said. Or, it may never happen, but I don't think it ever hurts to talk about an idea that can benefit a lot of people, and if it doesn't work, It doesn't work."

A number of other people who did not want to go on camera said they would like to see medical marijuana fraud addressed before talking about pardons.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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