WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE PLANS TO PARDON 3,500 MARIJUANA-RELATED CONVICTIONS
- January 5, 2019
After the seven years since Washington State first legalized the little green plant, Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to pardon about 3,500 former convictions for marijuana-related misdemeanors out of response to the growing acceptance of the plant. During the announcement of the Marijuana Justice Initiative, people should no longer be punished for engaging in an activity that is not illegal in Washington anymore. Currently debating on a 2020 presidential run, Governor Inslee stressed that he is creating an initiative to make sure these people receive full pardons, and, in an interesting twist, this new document does require initial approval from the Washington legislature. Let’s see how the governor is dealing with a situation that he has labeled as an “injustice” towards the people.
On the Heels of Seattle
Incidentally, Governor Inslee’s decision came on the heels of Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes’ decision to clear the records of 500 previous marijuana-related convictions recorded by the municipal court system of Seattle. In September 2018, the Court Judges approved this final plan and effectively cleared the records of 542 convicts who received sentences between 1996 and 2006. (Keep in mind that the City of Seattle halted cannabis convictions after 2010.)
Underneath the umbrella of Governor Inslee’s plan, as expected, convicts have to apply for a pardon, but will probably not have to hire a legal representative (or enter a courtroom) to make a case. As part of the plan, people with a single conviction issued between January 1, 1998 and December 5, 2012 will receive a full pardon.
Clearing up Society
Supporters have praised Governor Inslee’s plans as a step in the right direction for cleaning up social injustice. Jolene Foreman (the senior staff attorney for the Drug Policy Alliance) has emphasized how this initiative will help people have a fresh start and pursue education without criminal charges hovering over their heads.
As part of the new initiative, convicts must meet the following qualifications to file for a pardon:
- Adult conviction for a misdemeanor (marijuana possession)
- Prosecuted by the State Law of Washington (RCW) and not a local ordinance
- Conviction must have taken place between January 1, 1998 and December 5, 2012
- This must be the only conviction on a person’s record
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