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Seattle seeks to abolish hundreds of pot convictions in light of legal marijuana

By Trevor Hughes

Seattle prosecutors are seeking to abolish more than 540 convictions against people caught carrying small amounts of pot in the city.

A municipal judge is reviewing the convictions with an eye toward clearing offenders’ criminal records, which advocates say have limited their job and housing opportunities. The 542 people were convicted prior to 2010, when city prosecutors stopped bringing minor possession charges.

Washington state legalized minor marijuana possession in 2012, and no one would be convicted in Seattle on minor possession charges today.

Read more at USA Today

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