The executive order would grant pardons to 2,732 convictions in Colorado.
On Thursday, Governor Polis signed an executive order that would grant pardons to people who have been convicted of marijuana possession of one ounce or less.
“We are finally cleaning up some of the inequities of the past by pardoning 2,732 convictions for Coloradans who simply had an ounce of marijuana or less. It’s ridiculous how being written up for smoking a joint in the 1970s has followed some Coloradans throughout their lives and gotten in the way of their success,” said Polis.
According to the press release, the pardon will apply to convictions at state-level for posession of one ounce or less of marijuana, as identified by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
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“Too many Coloradans have been followed their entire lives by a conviction for something that is no longer a crime, and these convictions have impacted their job status, housing, and countless other areas of their lives. Today we are taking this step toward creating a more just system and breaking down barriers to help transform people’s lives as well as coming to terms with one aspect of the past, failed policy of marijuana prohibition.” shared Gov. Polis.
Back in June, Gov. Polis also signed the bipartisan H.B. 20-1424, known as the Social Equity Licensees in Regulated Marijuana, which was sponsored by Rep. James Coleman, Sen. Julie Gonzales, and Sen. Vicki Marble. The bill included an amendment sponsored by Sen. Gonzales which authorizes the Governor to grant pardons to defendants who have been convicted of posession of up to two ounces of marijuana. The law went into effect this month.
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