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Reader: Pardons Should Have Happened the Day Pot Was Legalized

Reader: Pardons Should Have Happened the Day Pot Was Legalized
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On January 8, Mayor Hancock's office shared details about the Turn Over a New Leaf program, a new effort to expunge low-level marijuana convictions that occurred in Denver before recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado. More than 10,000 convictions for low-level marijuana crimes from 2001 to 2013 are now eligible for expungement.

Boulder already announced a similar program last fall, and some people think Denver came a little late to the game.

Says Marcelo: 

Finally. Denver is behind on this compared to other major cities where weed is legal.

Adds Julian: 

This should have automatically happened the day marijuana was legalized.

Argues Chris:

What a transparent attempt to impress voters before the upcoming election. It won't matter because the voters in Denver will elect him or some other Democrat who will continue down the road of being the future Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, or any of the other Democrat-run cities that have become shitholes.

And Loralin has a question not about the program, but our post: 

Why did you post a picture of black people with the headliner related to crime? Pretty shitty....

Responds Dusty: 

Per Mayor Hancock in the article, “This is about equity for our communities of color and individuals who were disproportionately impacted by low-level marijuana convictions that are no longer crimes in Colorado.”

Keep reading for more on expungement programs:

Reader: Pardons Should Have Happened the Day Pot Was Legalized
bouldercounty.org

"Inside Boulder's Plan to Expunge Minor Pot Convictions: Could It Spread?"

Reader: Pardons Should Have Happened the Day Pot Was Legalized
Brandon Marshall

"Denver's Turn Over a New Leaf Program Ready to Clear Pot Convictions"

Reader: Pardons Should Have Happened the Day Pot Was Legalized
Thinkstock

"Over 10,000 Convictions Qualify for Expungement Under Hancock Order"

In announcing the Turn Over a New Leaf Program, Hancock said this in a statement: "For too long, the lives of low-income residents and those living in our communities of color have been negatively affected by low-level marijuana convictions. This is an injustice that needs to be corrected, and we are going to provide a pathway to move on from an era of marijuana prohibition that has impacted the lives of thousands of people.”

The move came after months of collaboration with the Denver Office of Marijuana Policy and City Attorney’s Office. The Denver District Attorney, Denver County Court officials and marijuana stakeholders were also consulted to develop the process for expunging records.

What do you think about the Turn Over a New Leaf program? Post a comment or email marijuana@westword.com.

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