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Colorado Governor Jared Polis grants a number of pardons on marijuana possession

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis called in 2022 with an amnesty party.

Last Thursday, the governor’s office announce That he “granted three commutations, 15 individual pardons, and signed an executive order granting 1,351 pardons for a conviction for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.”

The move was made possible by legislation that Polis signed in May, which “authorized the governor to grant amnesty to a class of defendants convicted of possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.”

Adults can legally possess marijuana in Colorado, just like beer or wine. It’s not fair that an additional 1,351 Colorados have permanent defects on their record that interfere with employment, credit, and gun ownership, but today we’ve fixed that by forgiving their possession of small amounts of marijuana that occurred during the failed Prohibition period,” Polis said in a permit.

Signed into law by Polis on May 20 last year, the bill increased “the amount of marijuana that adults 21 and older in Colorado can legally own from one ounce to an ounce,” and was based on a 2012 constitutional amendment passed to make Legitimacy over entertainment. Cannabis, which gave the governor such permission.

In a press release, the governor’s office said that individuals “who are not sure whether a conviction has been pardoned on their record may fill out a form to request confirmation of pardon for Colorado Bureau of Investigation website. ”

Colorado has been a pioneer in the legalization movement in the United States, becoming the first state (along with Washington) to end pot bans in 2012. Since then, restorative justice measures have become a staple of new cannabis laws, with previous pardons granted to offenders declining. On the level.

The governor’s office said the cannabis pardon “applies to statewide convictions of possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, as defined by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)”, and that “individuals with such convictions do not need to apply for a pardon, and have not The governor’s office conducts individual assessments of people who have been pardoned through this process. Individuals convicted of municipal marijuana offenses, or individuals who have been arrested or issued a subpoena without a conviction, are not covered by the pardon.”

However, the new year will bring some stricter restrictions to Colorado’s medical cannabis laws. the Denver Post mentioned In November, the Government Revenue Service said it would “limit daily purchases to two ounces of flowers and eight grams of a concentrate such as wax and breakout for medical marijuana patients,” and that it would cut two grams per day for patients aged 18 to 20.

The newspaper stated that there are exceptions to the new rules, but they apply “to a patient whose doctor confirms in writing that the patient has physical or geographic hardship that should allow him to exceed daily purchase limits, and that the patient has identified the store as the primary place where they obtain their medication.”

Borders became possible after legislators passed a bill That created a working group to develop new rules.

The bill was sponsored by State Assembly Representative Yadira Caravio, a pediatrician, who said she wanted to make sure that young people could not “get their hands on an incredible amount of highly concentrated products and products that they could then offer or sell to people of their age or Fewer of those who do not have access to the legal market because they are not yet 21”

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