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Governor to issue more pardons now that Coloradans can legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday that he will issue additional pardons to Coloradans convicted of low-level marijuana possession crimes now that he’s signed a bill into law allowing people to have up to 2 ounces of cannabis.

House Bill 1090, which Polis made a law on Thursday, doubles Colorado’s recreational marjuana possession limit to 2 ounces for adults 21 and older. It also gives people convicted of possessing up to 2 ounces of cannabis the chance to more easily seal their criminal record if they haven’t committed a crime since.

“The consequences for people who had a personal amount of cannabis, before it had been legalized, still has a long shadow,” Polis said. “For doing something that is fully legal today, they might have something on their records — of course that’s disproportionately people of color — that might get in the way of them getting loans or leases or licenses or jobs or mortgages or many other things.”

Polis, a Democrat, said his office will begin reviewing records over the next few months in preparation for additional pardons. In October, Polis pardoned more than 2,700 people convicted of possessing up to 1 ounce of marijuana. [Read more at The Colorado Sun]

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