The governor would be capable to mass-pardon marijuana convictions for possession of two ounces or much less if he indicators a invoice that provides him that authority.
It was the final modification to the final invoice thought-about Monday earlier than Colorado’s General Assembly ended its work for the yr. Lawmakers added the mass expungement choice to House Bill 1424, which goals to open the marijuana trade to individuals of shade and those that have been beforehand convicted on drug prices that wouldn’t be crimes now.
A spokesperson for Gov. Jared Polis didn’t instantly reply whether or not he would signal it however sounded supportive Tuesday afternoon.
“The Governor is happy that a meaningful, bipartisan bill addressing marijuana equity passed the legislature and thanks lawmakers for their efforts to get this bill to his desk,” Conor Cahill stated.
Longmont Democrat Rep. Jonathan Singer had been engaged on a invoice earlier this yr to automatically clear previous marijuana convictions, however a scarcity of money and time within the Capitol compelled him to drop it after the pandemic struck. In a last-minute transfer in his remaining days as a lawmaker, Singer determined to attempt to get an modification on one other invoice that may a minimum of pave the best way to get convictions cleared. [Read more at The Denver Post]