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Everybody Talks About Expunging Convictions. Here’s How Seattle Did It

Everybody Talks About Expunging Convictions. Here’s How Seattle Did It

In an effort that could clear cannabis convictions for an estimated 542 people, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a legal motion last week asking the Seattle Municipal Court to dismiss all misdemeanor cannabis possession convictions stretching back to the late 1990s.

The motion, which has the support of the King County Department of Public Defense, now awaits a decision from Presiding Judge Ed McKenna. “It’s long past time we remedy the drug policies of yesteryear,” Holmes said in a statement, “and this is one small step to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color.I’m hopeful the court will choose to clear these charges.” RELATED STORYRacial Disparities in NYC Cannabis Arrests Are Getting Worse Seattle’s move comes as cities in other legal cannabis states consider similar moves to undo the wrongs of America’s war on drugs. In California, district attorneys in San Francisco and San Diego announced earlier this year that they would...



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