Seattle clears marijuana convictions, following San Francisco lead

Seattle Clears Marijuana Convictions, Following San Francisco Lead

Published: Feb 8, 2018, 1:55 pm • Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 3:32 pm By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession — a step similarly announced by San Francisco last week. “For thousands of people in Washington state, a misdemeanor marijuana conviction had huge implications: It could be a barrier to housing, to getting credit, to getting good jobs and education,” Mayor Jenny Durkan told a news conference. “It is a necessary step to right the wrongs of what was a failed war on drugs.” City Attorney Pete Holmes, who was one of the sponsors of Washington’s 2012 ballot measure to legalize pot for recreational use, said he’s been pressing since it passed for a state law that would help clear prior convictions. But the Legislature has yet to act, and Holmes said he hoped the city’s action would spur other...

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