Draft bill would seal Colorado marijuana convictions; proposal could affect thousands

DENVER - Before Amendment 64 went into effect in December 2012, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana was a petty offense.

A draft bill proposed in the Colorado State Legislature would allow anyone convicted of a marijuana offense that would not have been illegal under Amendment 64 to have their records sealed.

Dan Recht, a criminal defense attorney in Denver, said removing the stigma of a conviction for a crime that would no longer be illegal makes sense.

"In my office we help routinely, on a weekly basis, people that have minor criminal convictions calling and saying 'what do I say on this job or school or apartment application,'" said Recht. "It helps those people be able to say, 'No, I don't have a criminal record,' so it seems righteous to me."

The bill also allows anyone convicted of "any other marijuana offense" to request sealing of the conviction, unless the district attorney objects.

Even some supporters argue that would be going too far and tell 7NEWS the bill is still in its early form.

To read more about the legislation and response: http://ch7ne.ws/1pAtNOW.
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