In an order signed by all seven municipal court judges, they opine, “Inasmuch as the conduct for which the defendant was convicted is no longer criminal, setting aside the conviction[s] and dismissing the case[s] serves in the interest of justice.”
Defendants convicted between the years 1996 and 2010 are eligible to have their records expunged. City officials ceased prosecuting low-level marijuana offenses in 2010, and Washington voters legalized cannabis possession statewide in 2012. All eligible past convictions are anticipated to be vacated by mid-November.
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Washington NORML.