Bill Passes House that Restricts Public Access to Past Marijauna Convictions

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - The Alaska House passed House Bill 316, which was introduced by Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) that would protect an Alaskan's ability to work despite past convictions for marijuana possession.

    This bill would also restrict public access to record related to simple marijuana possession in the wake of the legalization of marijuana in November of 2014. The Alaska CourtView system would also be wiped clean of all marijuana convictions classified as a VIA misdemeanor.

    From a press release, Rep. Drummond said, “This bill is not a get out of jail card; it’s a reasonable approach to allow Alaskans to get jobs currently unavailable to them because they did something that Alaskans have voted repeatedly they believe should be entirely legal. This bill does not benefit drug dealers. Rather, it helps mothers and fathers clear their names from past mistakes, allows many of our friends and neighbors to apply for jobs they didn’t think they could ever get, and strengthens communities by providing new opportunities for those who continue to be held back by something that is no longer against the rules.”

    House Bill 316 passed in the House by a 30-10 vote and will head to the Senate for consideration.

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