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The marijuana diversion bill from D.C. became law after congressional review

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A bill in Washington, D.C. that would automatically erase certain marijuana possession records took effect last week after congressional review.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) allowed Broad legislation of criminal justice reform To be enacted without her signature in January. It was then referred to Congress, where lawmakers refused to overturn it, and it became effective March 10.

The DC Council unanimously passed the Second Chance Amendment Act in December.

Prior to its passage, lawmakers adopted an amendment from Councilwoman Christina Henderson (D) that clarified the expungement language, specifying that records related to possession of “any amount of marijuana” before the county’s legalization law took effect in February 2015 would need to be automatically expunged by the courts.

D.C. has authorized possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, but criminal records do not always reflect the amount, “so the court and litigants cannot tell from the record itself whether the record qualifies as non-incriminatory conduct,” the Henderson Amendment rationale section of the law now in force says.

“Including each minor possession, rather than simply a possession of 2 ounces or less, demonstrates intent and allows the court and litigants to better enforce the law,” the report reads.

This is the text of the revised survey section

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