On Tuesday, a vote to remove certain marijuana convictions went through with a vote of 26-3 in the Oregon State Senaate. This move is designed to help those who have been convicted of possession before 2013 to clear their record. A bill instated in Oregon in July of 2013 allowed judges to reclassify class B felony marijuana possessions down to misdemeanor, but the bill does not apply to convictions made prior to it getting passed. This new piece of legislation would change that.
The measure was filed as an emergency legislation, which means that it would take effect immediately after it’s been passed. There have been 3 votes against the measure and came from three Republican senators. The bill will now move up to the House of Representatives where it will be taken into consideration.