If you were busted in Colorado for smoking weed prior to 2014, good news. Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order pardoning everyone in his state who has been convicted for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.
The move follows the passage of a bill in June that granted the governor power “to grant pardons to a class of defendants who were convicted of the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana.” In a press release, Polis said, “We are finally cleaning up some of the inequities of the past by pardoning 2,732 convictions for Coloradans who simply had an ounce of marijuana or less.”
People who had been written up for smoking a joint in the 1970s and ’80s have dealt with the stigma associated with being convicted for marijuana over the years. Colorado was the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana back in 2014, as well as the first place in the world to regulate weed from seed to sale. Marijuana sales have been a boon to the state, reaching $1.75 billion in sales last year and netting the state $302 million in tax revenue.
Source: The Hill