Questions Raised About Bill to Vacate Marijuana Convictions - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Questions Raised About Bill to Vacate Marijuana Convictions in Washington

Posted: Updated:

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A bill that would allow Washington state residents to have their misdemeanor marijuana convictions vacated drew some objections at a hearing Wednesday.
    
Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien told a House committee that after Initiative 502 passed, legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana under state law, he started thinking about the thousands of people who have criminal records for activity that is now legal.

Fitzgibbon's bill would allow them to petition to have their convictions quickly vacated, rather than waiting the three years that people typically have to wait before petitioning to have convictions vacated.
    
However, the head of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys says  the bill would allow people to have their convictions erased even if they had more marijuana than I-502 allows.

Misdemeanor pot possession has historically been defined as up to 40 grams, and under I-502, it's still a misdemeanor to have between 28 grams and 40 grams.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.>>
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    >>
  • UPDATE: I-90 back open after crash halts traffic

    UPDATE: I-90 back open after crash halts traffic

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:29:14 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A crash on Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane delayed commuters for hours Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 5:15 p.m. near the Division street exit. A truck pulling a tractor trailer flipped onto its side, scattering debris across the westbound lanes of the freeway. Two lanes of westbound traffic were blocked for more than 2 hours.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A crash on Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane delayed commuters for hours Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 5:15 p.m. near the Division street exit. A truck pulling a tractor trailer flipped onto its side, scattering debris across the westbound lanes of the freeway. Two lanes of westbound traffic were blocked for more than 2 hours.>>
  • Police investigate reported shooting at nightclub

    Police investigate reported shooting at nightclub

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:40:34 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are looking for information about a reported shooting at the Swaxx Nightclub on N. Division early Saturday morning. A spokeswoman said the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot near Lincoln and Division. Several people were fighting in the parking lot when the shots were reported.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are looking for information about a reported shooting at the Swaxx Nightclub on N. Division early Saturday morning. A spokeswoman said the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. in the parking lot near Lincoln and Division. Several people were fighting in the parking lot when the shots were reported.>>