BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in a Colorado county are preparing to dismiss and seal thousands of marijuana possession convictions immediately after state voters legalized the use and sale of cannabis in 2012.
The Boulder Everyday Camera reported that the Boulder County District Attorney’s Workplace as portion of a “Moving on from Marijuana” plan has identified about four,000 possession convictions dating to 2008 that would no longer be crimes below existing law.
The Colorado Legislature in 2017 passed a law that enables these convicted of misdemeanor use or possession of marijuana to ask to seal, but not erase, criminal records if the previous offense is not presently a crime. Boulder is taking that additional, with clinics planned in January 2019 at the county justice center exactly where persons can have prosecutors appear up their circumstances to see if they qualify.
Boulder County Assistant District Lawyer Ken Kupfner mentioned it was a matter of “fundamental fairness” offered that possession of marijuana is no longer illegal.
Prosecutors will give priority to persons whose convictions are getting an effect on their lives.
“We want to enable persons whose convictions are getting the greatest effect very first,” Kupfner mentioned. “It could span every thing from jobs to possible housing to educational possibilities. Anytime an individual has a conviction, even for marijuana, it nonetheless shows up as a conviction.”
The district attorney’s workplace plans to at some point critique older convictions, he added.
Qualifying convictions have to have involved possession of fewer than two ounces, or 56.7 grams, of marijuana or 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, and a drug paraphernalia charge. Instances involving drug distribution or other extra charges will not be deemed.
Shawn Coleman, a Boulder-primarily based consultant to the marijuana sector, mentioned it was “awesome” that Boulder was taking measures to dismiss old convictions and that other district attorneys must comply with suit.
Boulder is household to the University of Colorado.
Officials in other states have taken related measures. Vermont enables these convicted of marijuana transgressions to have them removed from their records.
Provisions of California’s Proposition 64, the 2016 law that broadly legalized marijuana, also permitted for the expungement or reduction from felonies to misdemeanors of some old pot convictions.