Seattle asks court to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana convictions from before legalization
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, looks on as Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference announcing plans for the city to move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions, (image:AP Photo/Elaine Thompson WAET102 WAET102 Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion Friday asking the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate all convictions and dismiss all charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession that were prosecuted in a period before pot was legalized statewide.
In a statement, Holmes called the motion one small step to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color.
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, he said.
The motion argues the court s....
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