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Marijuana users may receive pass on misdemeanor charges under new Missouri legislation

If signed into law, Missouri residents who apply for medical marijuana cards could have prior charges of possession removed from public viewing.

March 14, 2019 - 12:45 pm

JEFFERSON CITY (KFTK) — Specific marijuana-related misdemeanors may be soon expunged from some Missourians records under new legislation.

The Missouri House of Representatives gave initial approval to HB341 Wednesday. If signed into law, Missouri residents who apply for medical marijuana cards could have prior charges of possession removed from public viewing.

The proposal would only apply to certain misdemeanors received in the state of Missouri. Charges ineligible to be expunged include felonies involving deaths, assault, or the sex-offender registry. Convictions related to the distribution of marijuana would not be permitted for erasure either.

Before advancing to the Senate for debate, the bill still needs to receive a final majority vote in House.

In November 2018, Missouri voters approved a plan to legalize medicinal marijuana.

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