Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) announced yesterday that he has signed an order pardoning 1,351 people convicted of cannabis possession prior to the state’s historic legalization reforms in 2012.
“Adults can legally own marijuana in Colorado, just like beer or wine. It is unfair that 1,351 additional Coloradans had permanent blemishes affecting employment, credit and gun ownership, but today we fixed this by pardoning them from possession of small amounts of marijuana that occurred during the failed prohibition era. ”- Governor Polis , in a press release
The cannabis pardons included state-level convictions for individuals caught possessing up to two ounces of cannabis, which coincided with an update to Colorado’s cannabis laws earlier this year that changed the legal purchase and possession limit for adults from one to two ounces raised. The pardons do not apply to those convicted of urban cannabis crimes or those arrested or summoned but not convicted of cannabis possession.
Individuals unsure whether a conviction has been pardoned on their files can apply for a pardon confirmation on the Colorado Bureau of Investigations website, according to the notice. When given a pardon, people who were once convicted of cannabis possession will no longer see the conviction in their previous convictions through the state’s records review system.
Colorado voters voted to legalize adult cannabis in 2012. The reforms took effect in 2014, making Colorado the first state to lift the cannabis ban.
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Graham, based in Portland, Oregon, is the editor-in-chief of Ganjapreneur. He has been writing about the legalization landscape since 2012 and has been working for Ganjapreneur since our official launch in 2014.