Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Seattle to dismiss marijuana charges

Seattle moves to wipe away old pot possession convictions Seattle Mayor, Vermont House Committee Explore Marijuana Conviction Erasures
Johnnie Parks | 10 February, 2018, 02:48

"Passed in 2012, I-502 legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older", the announcement reads.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, looks on as Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference announcing plans for the city to move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Seattle. "They didn't get the job...they didn't get the apartment, and this is to make up for those past mistakes".

He said the the presiding judge for Seattle Municipal Court is in favor of the proposal. We must provide more effective alternatives to prosecution and incarceration through drug and mental health courts, restoring rights and supporting re-entry, said Durkan. Durkan discussed how she witnessed firsthand how the War on Drugs affected minority communities and how she's worked to rectify those wrongs in the past.

Arrests for possessing pot rose in the 25-year period from 4,000 in 1986 to 11,000 in 2010, totaling 240,000 arrests, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

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As NPR reported, District Attorney George Gascón said his office will dismiss and seal 3,038 misdemeanor convictions dating back before the state's legalization of marijuana went into effect, with no action necessary from those who were convicted. In Washington state, African Americans were arrested at 2.9 times the rate of whites during the first decade of this century.

Holmes said he will asked the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate all convictions and dismiss all charges for misdemeanor pot possession ahead of the 2012 legalization. Latinos and Native Americans were arrested at 1.6 times the rate of whites, according to the city.

A county prosecutor in charge of felony convictions said his department doesn't have the resources to erase all convictions. Additionally, at least nine states also have laws "addressing expungement" of some types of marijuana convictions, the group says.

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