Colorado Governor Jared Polis excuses former cannabis convicts of their crimes

Before the year 2021 drew to a close, the Democratic Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, announced more than 1,300 pardons for people who had previously been convicted of cannabis possession offenses.  The pardons focus on state-level convictions for cannabis possession of two ounces or less, as verified by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Polis’ issuing of the pardons emerged months after legislation was approved by lawmakers to broaden an existing list of eligibility factors for cannabis-related conviction exonerations. “It’s unfair that 1,351 additional Coloradans had permanent blemishes on their record that interfered with employment, credit, and gun ownership, but today we have fixed that by pardoning their possession of small amounts of cannabis that occurred during the failed prohibition era,” said the governor. (Pictured) Colorado Governor Jared Polis Gov. Polis added that Coloradan adults aged 21 and over can legally possess the plant “just as they can beer or wine.” In 2021, he excused almost 3,000 people with cannabis possession convictions. A cannabis conviction can result in punitive sentencing The war on drugs in the U.S. has contributed immensely to cannabis’ taboo image. During the 50+ years of prohibition that has plagued American life, millions of people have suffered the legal repercussions of what would, nowadays, appear to be harmless tasks, e.g. possessing cannabis.  Examples of the ways in which someone might be penalized for possessing the plant including being forcefully admitted to ‘drug detention centers’, being mandatorily sentenced and even facing the death penalty. Just under half of the 1.5 million annual non-violent drug violation arrests are for cannabis. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supports this claim. In many instances, people from underprivileged communities are usually the worst-impacted by the failed war on drugs.  Fortunately, due to growing acceptance of the plant, that image is gradually being restored.…

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