OREGON: When marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Colorado, some people there were left in a predicament.
Several hundreds were sitting in state jails for doing something that was now considered legal. Years later, thousands of others still carry the stains of past marijuana convictions on their records, long after those actions have been legalized for recreational purposes.
The same thing happened in Washington, and the same thing happened in Alaska, when those states’ laws went into effect.
But in Oregon, where recreational marijuana became legal on the first of this month, that trend may come to an end. A campaign led by local activist groups and state politicians slipped language into a bill regarding new marijuana regulations that passed the State Senate last week which would retroactively clear the records of people who have been convicted of criminal offenses of “possession, delivery or manufacture” of marijuana.