Colorado should wipe low-level marijuana convictions clean

Possessing small amounts of marijuana has been legal in Colorado now for six years, and yet convictions still haunt those who got caught with a small amount of pot or paraphernalia before voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012. Slowly laws have adapted to meet the realization dawning over America that…

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Boulder County district attorney wants to toss 4,000 past marijuana convictions

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office is preparing to vacate and seal thousands of marijuana possession convictions in light of voters legalizing marijuana in 2012. Boulder County Assistant District Attorney Ken Kupfner said the DA’s office took a look back through its records and identified about 4,000 marijuana possession convictions…

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Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House has passed legislation restricting access to records showing past convictions for simple marijuana possession. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond. She says Alaskans should not be passed up for jobs or promotions for possessing something that is now legal. Alaska voters…

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Seattle clears marijuana convictions, following San Francisco lead

Published: Feb 8, 2018, 1:55 pm • Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 3:57 pm By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession — a step similarly…

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Colo. gov considering pardons for nearly 40 people with marijuana convictions

Published: Feb 6, 2018, 11:50 am • Updated: Feb 6, 2018, 11:51 am By John Frank, The Denver Post Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is exploring whether to release nearly 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses. The desire to commute the sentences is a policy statement on marijuana from the…

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Colorado considering dismissing non-violent marijuana convictions: Gov. Hickenlooper

Published: Feb 5, 2018, 1:08 pm • Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 1:27 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had a meeting Monday morning to discuss the state’s efforts to dismiss marijuana convictions for non-violent convictions. The state’s Democratic governor confirmed the meeting in an interview…

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States that change marijuana laws find conundrums over old convictions

Published: Feb 2, 2018, 10:16 am • Updated: Feb 2, 2018, 10:16 am By Katie Zezima, The Washington Post When California voters passed a measure in 2016 that legalized cannabis and allowed people to have their marijuana convictions wiped away or reduced, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan ordered…

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San Francisco plans to erase thousands of marijuana convictions

Published: Jan 31, 2018, 2:05 pm • Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 4:45 pm By Paul Elias, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s district attorney said Wednesday that city prosecutors will toss out or reduce thousands of criminal convictions for marijuana dating back decades, a move allowed under the 2016…

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California bill would automatically erase prior marijuana convictions

Published: Jan 10, 2018, 4:32 pm • Updated: Jan 10, 2018, 4:33 pm By Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of…

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