Gov. Jay Inslee Slowly Begins Healing To Select Weed Prohibition Victims


Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced plans to pardon individuals who were found guilty of marijuana possession within the state prior to the legislation that legalized marijuana use.

The laws went into effect six years ago, and Gov. Inslee made the announcement Jan. 4 that Washington will be implementing a streamlined system to pardon those individuals with convictions related to marijuana possession.

The governor stated that current punishments for a crime that has not been a crime for six years is pointless, noting the six-year timeframe in which use has been legal.

The process to have the crime wiped from your record only applies to those with a single conviction and those who received said conviction between 1998 and 2012. The process will be expedited for those who fit the criteria, and a form is available on the governor’s website to begin the process for pardon.

The pardon will not completely remove the conviction, however. It will be available to law enforcement and also will remain on the person’s record — although it is removed from the criminal history available to the public. In order to be fully forthcoming, the individual still must list the conviction on job applications that ask if a person has been convicted of a crime.

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