Earlier today, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that Seattle could dismiss over 1,000 marijuana convictions. The decision is the latest in the city’s attempts to minimize the negative effects of earlier cannabis prohibition laws. Mayor Durkan’s Announcement
In a statement published by Durkan’s office this morning, she made clear her intentions. Working alongside City Attorney Pete Holmes, Durkan will ask the city’s municipal court to throw out marijuana convictions from cases prior to the state’s decision to legalize weed. Durkan’s announcement does not actually accomplish that objective. But it is the first step. From here, the Seattle Attorney’s Office will formally ask the city’s municipal court to throw out all misdemeanor marijuana possession charges prior to 2012. If the authorities comply with the request, the court could dismiss thousands of convictions.
Durkan explained that there were several reasons for her decision to spearhead this effort. For starters, it’s...
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