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Prison chief supports expunging records of those convicted of small amounts of marijuana

Commissioner of Correctional Services Charles Murphy said yesterday he supports expunging criminal records for individuals found with small amounts of marijuana.

“Of, course I do,” Murphy told The Nassau Guardian when asked his stance on the issue.

He declined to explain why he supported the expungement of records.

Last month, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson also expressed support for the expungement of records.

“Jesus forgives people and so why can’t we forgive people, particularly for those things that would hinder people from progressing?” he asked.

“I support the initiative what is actually going on.”

The Guardian recently revealed that a preliminary report by the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana proposes the expungement of all police records reflecting possessions of small amounts of cannabis.

The report also recommends the legalization of medicinal marijuana and the decriminalization of the possession of up to one ounce of the substance.

The report proposes that individuals over 21 should be allowed to use marijuana for recreational purposes. It also recommends that anyone over 18 be allowed to use the substance for medicinal purposes.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has expressed his support for expunging the criminal records of those convicted of possession of small amounts of marijuana.

It should be noted that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee was established in September to review applications of first time and young offenders, who are defined as individuals under 21 at the date of conviction.

It can expunge records for offenders convicted of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply if the offender was found with a quantity of less than 10 pounds of Indian hemp, two pounds of cocaine or 20 grams of opium morphine and its salts including heroin.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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