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Colorado House Approves Measure Allowing Marijuana Misdemeanors to be Sealed from Criminal Record

Colorado’s full House of Representatives and a Senate committee has passed legislation to allow those previously convicted of a marijuana possession misdemeanor to have the conviction sealed from their criminal record.

possession-of-marijuana-tampa-flWith a 58 to 5 vote Colorado’s House of Representatives gave approval to House Bill 1266 on May 3rd. Two days later late the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the measure to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Passage in that committee, and then the full Senate, would send it to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.

According to its official summary; “The bill allows persons who were convicted of misdemeanors for the use or possession of marijuana to petition for the sealing of criminal records relating to such convictions if their behavior would not have been a criminal offense if the behavior had occurred on or after December 10, 2012. The court shall order the record sealed after the filing fees are paid and the petitioner establishes the offense is eligible for sealing.”

The full text of House Bill 1266 can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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