Living With A Marijuana Conviction In A State That May Vote To Legalize

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In this photograph taken Saturday, April 25, 2015, grow lights turn the color of marijuana plants under cultivation to yellow as a contingent of Nevada lawmakers, their staffers and a handful of lobbyists toured one of two retail and grow operations for both medical and recreational marijuana in northeast Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)
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On Nov. 8, five states will vote on whether to fully legalize recreational marijuana, and four others will vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana.

Marijuana has been decriminalized in 21 states, but the penalties for possession vary.

Nevada, one of the states voting on full legalization and where medical marijuana is legal, has decriminalized marijuana. But the penalties are still harsh there.

Nevada resident Michael McAuliffe was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in 2010. He talks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about living with a felony conviction for something that may become legal in his state, and has already been legalized in other states.

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Michael McAuliffe, Nevada resident who was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in 2010.

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