|Posted:||March 10, 2014 02:07 PM|
|From:||Senator Michael J. Stack|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana (two bill package)|
NOTE - This is a correction of a previous co-sponsorship memo that has been removed.
In the near future, I plan to introduce two bills to improve our justice system, focus resources on tough criminal problems, and codify many of the practices used by our local District Attorneys.
Introduced as SB1307
The first bill would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense for a first and second offense. A third conviction for possessing small amounts of marijuana will allow a district attorney the flexibility to charge a person with a misdemeanor, use ARD, or use other options to address the third and subsequent offenses. The goal of this bill is to ensure District Attorney's can use their limited resources to prosecute dangerous criminals, rather than non-violent people that made a bad decision.
Introduced as SB1308
|Description:||The second bill would allow people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to seek expungement of their criminal record. This would apply to all people who have been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana in the past and in the future.
If you have any additional questions or concerns on this package of bills, please contact my Harrisburg office.