In Missouri, non-violent marijuana-related crimes now can be expunged from public records, according to a July 15, 2016, post at RiverfrontTimes.com.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 588 on July 13, 2016. The bill allows those convicted of non-violent drug-related crimes to appeal to expunge their records of felonies after seven years and misdemeanors after three years.
“Missourians who have paid their debt to society and become law-abiding citizens deserve a chance to get a job and support their families,” Nixon said in a statement.
In a press release, Dan Viets, Missouri coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said, “This law will allow many thousands of people who have a marijuana conviction on their public records to escape the lifelong disabilities such a conviction has caused in the past. The stigma of a public criminal conviction is a major obstacle to those seeking to obtain employment, a place to live or a loan to buy a home or car.”