Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes made good on a promise to ask the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate hundreds of convictions for marijuana possession prosecuted between 1997 and 2010.
They also included language seeking to protect undocumented people from “negative federal immigration consequences” if their conviction is vacated.
Holmes said that it’s “long past time” that the city take action.
“As we see marijuana sold in retail storefronts today, people who simply had a joint in their pocket a decade ago still have a red mark on their records,” Holmes said in a press release.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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