DENVER (KDVR) — Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order Thursday granting pardons to those who have been convicted of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana.
In June, Gov. Polis signed the bipartisan H.B. 20-1424, sponsored by Rep. James Coleman, Sen. Julie Gonzales and Sen. Vicki Marble, including an amendment sponsored by Sen. Gonzales, which authorizes the Governor to grant pardons to a class of defendants who were convicted of the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. The new law went into effect this month.
“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. 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,” said Gov. Polis.
According to the release on Thursday, the pardon applies to state-level convictions of…