DENVER, CO – Marijuana convictions that predate current Colorado law could be sealed under a bipartisan proposal being floated inside the Capitol — a move, say some lawmakers and marijuana advocates, that could potentially impact thousands of Coloradans.
The proposal, sponsored by Sens. Jessie Ulibarri (D-Westminster) and Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins), allows anyone convicted of a marijuana offense that would now be legal under Amendment 64 to have their records sealed.
Also, a draft of the bill says that a person convicted of “any other marijuana offense” beyond the scope of Amendment 64 would also be allowed to file a petition with a district attorney to have their record sealed.
If the district attorney does not object, the court would then be required to seal the conviction record.
Prior to Amendment 64, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana was a petty offense in Colorado, and state law specified conviction for the offense “shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.”