Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the City Attorney Pete Holmes recently announced that they are seeking to vacate as many as 500-600 #misdemeanor charges for cannabis #possession spanning the past two decades.
In 1997 the city took over the handling of misdemeanor cannabis cases from King County, and in 2010 the same Pete Holmes was elected and immediately dismissed all low-level pot cases and announced that his office would no longer be prosecuting them.
But during that gap in between, hundreds of people had their lives seemingly forever impacted by senseless charges on their record that could prevent them from benefitting from housing opportunities, job opportunities, parental rights, and so many other crucial aspects of life.
When the state #legalized #recreational cannabis use in 2012 the contrast could not have become any clearer – some people were saddled with a #lifetime of missed opportunities due to cannabis while others profited greatly from it.
Now Pete Holmes the City Attorney, with the mayor by his side, is asking the #Seattle Municipal Court to vacate/dismiss all misdemeanor marijuana possession cases that were prosecuted prior to the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.
That court has yet to issue a ruling but even if they do rule in Holmes’ favor, there are some difficult questions that will need to be answered.
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