By Anthony Martinelli

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed into law a bill that allows for the expungement of most cannabis convictions, both misdemeanors and felonies.

Senate Bill 588 would allow those convicted of cannabis misdemeanors to expunge (remove) it from their record after a three year period; this would mean that the charge would not appear on a criminal background check. Those convicted of felony possession would also be allowed to have the charge expunged, though they would need to wait seven years rather than three.

The measure was filed by Senator Box Nixon (R), and was put forth by the Missouri Bar Association.

Senate Bill 588 takes full effect on January 1st, 2018.

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