Seattle files motion to vacate marijuana possession convictions
SEATTLE – Seattle has filed a motion with Seattle Municipal Court to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for marijuana possession for people prosecuted by the city from 1997 to 2010, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced Friday.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Friday that if approved by the court, 542 people would have their records affected. In 2010, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes stopped charging for marijuana possession when he first assumed office.
Today, along with City Attorney Pete Holmes, I am proud to be filing a motion with the Seattle Municipal Court to ask them to vacate misdemeanor charges for 542 people convicted of marijuana possession since 1997. https://t.co/Z0pUCSSfgX
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) April 27, 2018
“Vacating charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession is a necessary step to correct the injustices of what was a failed war on drugs, which disproportionately affected communities of color in Seattle,” Durkan said in a statement. “The war on