Inslee plans to pardon pot offenders

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OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee last week announced plans to pardon certain individuals with misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

“We shouldn’t be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal in Washington state,” said Inslee, who announced the initiative last week at the Cannabis Alliance’s annual conference. “Forgiving these convictions can help lessen their impact and allow people to move on with their lives. It’s a small step, but one that moves us in the direction of correcting these injustices.”

Under this initiative, Inslee said he will exercise his constitutional clemency authority to pardon individuals who have a single conviction on their criminal record.

That sole conviction must be for an adult misdemeanor marijuana possession, prosecuted under state law in Washington. The conviction must have occurred between Jan. 1, 1998, and Dec. 5, 2012, when Initiative 502 legalized marijuana possession.

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