REPORT: Denver mayor announces plan to wipe out marijuana convictions for thousands
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Colorado may be the mecca of legal marijuana, but the state’s old drug laws still loom large. More than 10,000 people in Denver alone were convicted of low-level cannabis crimes just between 2001 and 2013.
Those offenses — such as possessing the drug or paraphernalia — would not be illegal today, but they still haunt many people’s criminal records.
The article goes on to state the following:
Now, the city of Denver will help anyone convicted in municipal court in the past to clear those records. Mayor Michael Hancock has ordered a “citywide effort” to vacate and expunge low-level marijuana convictions for residents.
“For too long, the lives of low-income residents and those living in our communities of color have been negatively affected by low-level marijuana convictions,” he said in a news release Tuesday morning. “This is an injustice that needs to be corrected, and we are going to provide a pathway to move on from an era of marijuana prohibition that has impacted the lives of thousands of people.”
We’re moving to vacate low-level marijuana convictions for #Denver residents. This is an injustice that needs to be corrected. We’re going to provide a pathway to move on from an era of prohibition that has negatively impacted the lives of thousands. https://t.co/qc6HfpfjcS
— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) December 4, 2018
— Lee Ann Colacioppo (@LAColacioppo) December 4, 2018
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