For today's weed news we go to the great state of Washington.
About 8 months after initially coming up with the idea, a group of judges in Seattle Washington finally handed down a unanimous ruling this week to do away with 15 years of cannabis-related criminal convictions!
Anyone who was convicted of cannabis possession from 1996 until 2012 (the year that Seattle legalized recreational weed) will now be able to get those charges removed from their permanent record and go on with their lives as if nothing ever happened.
"We've come a long way, and I hope this action inspires other jurisdictions to follow suit... 542 people have criminal records for holding something we can buy in retail storefronts today. In two short months, thanks to our Seattle Municipal Court judges, those convictions will be history," said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes after the ruling was announced.
Many other local government officials, including Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan are praising the ruling as well.
The mayor commented about the decision saying "We've taken another important step to right the wrongs of the failed War on Drugs, and to build true Economic Opportunity for all... For too many who call Seattle a home, a misdemeanor marijuana conviction or charge has created barriers to opportunity - to good jobs, housing, loans, and education. It created a permanent criminal record that traveled with people their whole life. And we know now that it disproportionately targeted communities of color.
"While we cannot reverse all the harm that was done, we will continue to act to give Seattle residents - including immigrants and refugees - a clean slate," added mayor Durkan.
I feel like although it took almost 8 months for this to become reality, it is a great example being set by the city of Seattle.
One important thing to remember is that this only applies to City charges, and does not help people who were convicted on state or federal marijuana charges.
But either way, it is definitely a step in the right direction and an illustration of Seattle's government officials looking out for their cannabis users.
And that's what's up!
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