Denver is wiping out low-level marijuana convictions

Denver government is beginning to wipe-out low-level marijuana-related crimes for the public with a new community outreach program this year.

The program called, “Turn Over a New Leaf,” began early February and will last through March. The program holds periodic clinics where the public can walk in, fill out the necessary paperwork, and submit for their crime to be expunged from their record. The person’s crime must have occurred prior to marijuana legalization in Colorado, however.

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People can expedite the process by going to Denvergov.org/anewleaf, print out and fill out a pre-application form and then attend one of the meetings.  They may also email newleaf@denvergov.org with any questions.

The effort to eliminate these offenses came from community partners, social justice advocates, Mayor Michael Hancock, the Department of Excise and Licenses, the Denver City Attorney’s Office, and the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Today, the City released a statement today saying:

“For decades, the war on drugs has had a significant impact on our City, with a disproportionate impact on distinct communities within our City.  Even today, a low-level marijuana possession offense can negatively affect many areas of a person’s life, including employment and education opportunities, qualification for government benefits and programs, ability to travel, and immigration status proceedings.

Turn Over a New Leaf Clinic’s dates and times: 

Sunday, February 24
1:00pm-5:00pm
Denver Park Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
3385 Albion Street
Denver, CO 80207
Wednesday, March 6
5:00pm-8:00pm
Servicios de la Raza
3131 W 14th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Thursday, March 21
9:00am-1:00pm
Cultivated Synergy
2901 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

 

 

 

 

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