The Governor of Colorado provides 1351 automatic pardons for possession of marijuana

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Now they have their answer. On December 30, Polis awarded 1,351 pardons to people convicted of that level of possession in Colorado.

“Adults can legally possess marijuana in Colorado, just as they can beer or wine. It’s unfair that 1,351 additional Coloradoans had permanent defects in their journal that disrupted employment, credit, and gun ownership,” Polis said when announcing the pardons. “But today we have corrected that by pardoning their possession of small amounts of marijuana that took place during unsuccessful bans.”

On May 20, Police signed House Bill 1090, which increased the amount of marijuana that adults 21 and older in Colorado can legally possess from 1 to 2 ounces. This measure was based on HB 1424, adopted by the Legislative Assembly the year before, and authorized the governor to pardon a class of defendants convicted of possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana.

By the end of 2020, Polis issued over 2,730 automatic pardons for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.
He said he waited for the law to be updated to allow possession of up to 2 ounces before issuing pardons for those who had been convicted in Colorado of possessing between 1 and 2 ounces.

The persons who received these judgments did not have to apply for pardon; they were issued automatically using the Colorado Bureau of Investigation records. Those who are unsure whether a judgment has been cleared can request confirmation of a pardon on Colorado Bureau of Investigation website. Last week, a pardon form had accidentally gone live early on that page.

These pardons do not affect convictions for possession of marijuana at the federal or municipal level.


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