Seattle Mayor Pushing to Erase Marijuana Convictions in the City

Last week the city of San Francisco announced that they would be clearing all marijuana convictions from 1975 to today from their records. The historic move was applauded by many, and now it looks like other cities will be following suit.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that she and the City Attorney will ask the municipal courts to vacate convictions and dismiss misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession. 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. But this will be a major step in doing so.

Just like in San Francisco, the reason the city is taking this action is to speed up the process. Many people who want their records changed need to hire an attorney and go to the courts, a process that is both time and money consuming. But since the city is taking charge, it will cost people nothing and will allow them to get their records erased that otherwise might not have happened.

While the stigma related to marijuana is disappearing, having a marijuana conviction on a person's record can affect their ability to find work or housing. This move will hopefully rectify the issue. 

Now we just need every other city and state to jump onboard as well!

(h/t The Stranger)


If passed, a new bipartisan bill filed in the House of Representative this week would automatically seal some federal marijuana convictions. On Tuesday, Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) introduced a new piece of legislation titled the Clean Slate Act. Under the new bill, individuals with federal cannabis convictions will automatically have their records sealed one year after they have completed their sentence.

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