Newsbrief: Nevada Panel Recommends Marijuana Misdemeanors -- Again 12/8/00

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Nevada is the only state where simple possession of small amounts of marijuana is a felony. Now, once again, a judicial commission there has recommended that the penalty be reduced to a misdemeanor. An earlier version of the commission, empanelled in 1993, made the same recommendation, but the legislature failed to act.

The Judicial Assessment Commission, formed by the Nevada Supreme Court to recommend changes to the state's justice system, was reconvened by the court last year. In its first incarnation, its recommendations to the state legislature resulted in the passage of a medical marijuana law and expansion of the state's drug court program.

Commission member Justice of the Peace Nancy Oesterle was careful, in remarks to the Las Vegas Sun, to point out that the commission does not favor marijuana legalization.

But, she said, most people charged with marijuana possession felonies eventually plead to lesser charges. Citing them with misdemeanors in the first place would save the state the cost of defendants' jail stays pending trial, court costs, and prosecutors' time.

"Nevada is the only state that treats these crimes as felonies," Oesterle said. "The committee specifically does not condone these crimes, but it wants the law to be applicable to what's really happening in the court system. This is a realistic approach."

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