A Cincinnati Council Committee will wait two more weeks before voting on an ordinance that could make it easier for people to expunge their criminal records relating to the city's now repealed marijuana possession law.
From 2006 to 2010 such convictions were misdemeanors in the city as opposed to the current minor misdemeanors. The minor offenses are not part of a person's criminal record.
Some council members have asked if the city can legally ask judges to ignore previous possession convictions when considering expungements.
Cincinnati Council will vote on a resolution this week asking Ohio lawmakers to exclude marijuana possession convictions when considering whether people should have their criminal records expunged.
From 2006 to 2010, people in Cincinnati who had possessed even small amounts of marijuana were charged with misdemeanors that now appear on their criminal records. That was stricter than state law, which resulted in a citation and no records.
Those city misdemeanor convictions are making it difficult for some people to expunge, or clear, their criminal records.
Cincinnati Council members will be busy Monday with a couple of big committee sessions.
Law and Public Safety meets at 10 o'clock. On the agenda, presentations from Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and Fire Chief Richard Braun. A public hearing is also scheduled on the city's now repealed marijuana possession ordinance. Many people were cited under the 2006 law before it was eliminated, and now at least some council members want information about how those convictions can be removed from peoples criminal records.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley promised a lot of action in his first State of the City address Thursday night - less gun violence, a greater emphasis on basic services to the neighborhoods and a reduction in the number of Cincinnati residents living in poverty, among other things.
And, Cranley promised, a city that is even more fun to live in than it is now. He went so far as to say he is appointing an unpaid, volunteer “Commissioner of Fun” for the city.
A Cincinnati charter amendment to remove obsolete and ambiguous language from the city's 88-year-old city charter will be on the November ballot.
Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously today for the changes recommended by a 24-member Charter Review Task Force. Council needed to act at today's meeting so the Hamilton County Board of Elections can certify it to the ballot at its meeting Monday.