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Denver to help thousands of people get minor marijuana cases expunged

Denver prosecutors and attorneys will help thousands of people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes expunge their records in a series of four clinics in February and March.

The offer is open through the new “Turn Over a New Leaf” program to those convicted of marijuana-related crimes before recreational marijuana laws were passed, according to a Wednesday news release by Mayor Michael Hancock and District Attorney Beth McCann.

Denver is holding the clinics to stream-line the process.

Because the Colorado legislature has not passed any laws to address people with minor marijuana convictions,  people with low-level marijuana offenses on their records must file motions to vacate their charges.

“For more than five years, Denver has led the way in regulating legalized marijuana,” Hancock said in the news release.

Overturning marijuana convictions is part of Denver’s approach to correct the social injustices caused by the war on drugs, Hancock said.

“This is about equity for our communities of color and individuals who were disproportionately impacted by low-level marijuana convictions that are no longer crimes in Colorado,” the mayor’s statement said.

Now that recreational pot use in Colorado is legal, McCann said her office will help people convicted of crimes involving a small amount of marijuana in the interest of justice and fairness, the news release said.

“In addition to having an online, self-service option, we will hold clinics to make this process easier for these individuals,” McCann said.

How to participate

Visit:  Denvergov.org/ANewLeaf.

Attend a clinic: Applicants must bring government-issued photo identification such as a drivers’ license. If they are eligible to have their case expunged, prosecutors or city attorneys will draft documents on their behalf.

  • Feb. 9 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Denver Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon St.
  • Feb. 24 — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Denver Park Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3385 Albion St.
  • March 6 — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Servicios de La Raza, 31331 W. 14th Ave.
  • March 21 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cultivated Synergy, 2901 Walnut St.