Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed an executive order Thursday, pardoning 2,732 Coloradans who were convicted of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana.
“We are finally cleaning up some of the inequities of the past by pardoning 2,732 convictions for Coloradans who simply had an ounce of marijuana or less,” Polis said in a statement Thursday.
“It’s ridiculous how being written up for smoking a joint in the 1970’s has followed some Coloradans throughout their lives and gotten in the way of their success,” he added.
Colorado was the first state to legalize marijuana in 2014, which made possessing one ounce or less legal in the state.
Alaska, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia have all followed suit, legalizing marijuana to varying degrees based on the state — though it is still a federal crime to…