Colorado Governor Could Issue Marijuana Pardons Under Social Equity Bill Lawmakers Sent To His Desk

Colorado Governor Could Issue Marijuana Pardons Under Social Equity Bill Lawmakers Sent To His Desk

Colorado’s governor would be newly empowered to unilaterally pardon people with prior marijuana possession convictions under a social equity bill that lawmakers sent to his desk on Monday. Less than a week after the Colorado House of Representatives first passed the legislation, which would create a statewide definition for which businesses qualify as cannabis social equity license applicants, the Senate cleared the legislation with an amendment granting the governor the power to expedite pardons without consulting with prosecutors and judges involved in the cases, as is typically required under statute. The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Coleman (D), passed in a 24-9 vote in the Senate before heading back to the House for final approval. “I’m really pleased, as you’d imagine, that we were able to get this kind of legislation passed in this amount of time,” Coleman told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Monday. “I think it’s a testament to the amount of work that our stakeholders did outside of the building, but also a testament to my colleagues in the legislature who agree that we should have an opportunity for folks to work equitably in an industry that is booming and is really taking a lead here in Colorado.” The bill’s passage comes after months of conversations between reform advocates, industry stakeholders and lawmakers—and just before the end of the legislative session. “Many bills have been introduced in the last week or so and are moving just as quickly through the process,” a spokesperson for Gov.…

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