SKN to expunge small marijuana convictions from 808 criminal records
By: Staff Writer
808 persons in St. Kitts and Nevis will soon have their criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana expunged.
Yesterday’s, (Wednesday 12 February) passing of the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 made the expunging of criminal records for possession of small amounts a reality.
The Government will expunge criminal records for those who were convicted under section 6B of the Drugs (Prevention & Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) Act, Cap. 9.08; or convicted of an offence or offences involving less than 56 grammes of cannabis or cannabis resin in a quantity of 15 grammes or less.
The ammendment is as a result of the recommendations from the National Marijuana Commission. Their work commenced back in October of 2017.
In parliament, the Attorney General, stated:
We have gone back some 20 years to look at the files that are held by the police and we have found some 808 people who are thus affected and who will now be able to apply for and have their records expunged.
The Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was one of three bills passed in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
The Cannabis Bill, 2020 and the Drugs (Prevention & Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 were also passed.