Seattle Will Vacate More Than 500 Convictions for Marijuana Possession, Saying They Unfairly Impact People of Color

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Critics of drug-possession prosecutions often argue that they unfairly target people of color. Seattle, where recreational use of marijuana was legalized in 2012, is doing something about it. All seven judges on the city’s municipal court agreed this week to vacate convictions from 1996 to 2010 for misdemeanor marijuana possession, saying that they disproportionally impacted people of color. Of the more than 500 cases cited, 46% involved African-American defendants, the judges said in their ruling.…

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