Old Pot Convictions Can Be Quashed

    Danielle Hackett prepares marijuana buds for sale at BotanaCare in Northglenn, Colorado December 31, 2013.  Proprietors of the first marijuana retailers licensed to sell pot for recreational use in Colorado, including BotanaCare, were busy rolling joints and stocking shelves with their leafy merchandise on Tuesday, ahead of a New Year's Day grand opening that marks a new chapter in America's drug culture.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POLITICS DRUGS) - RTX16YCH

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    The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the state's legalization law, Amendment 64, can be applied retroactively to minor drug offenses, but only if convicted drug users had already started appealing when the new law came into force. The decision came in a case from 2010 when a woman was convicted of possessing small amounts of pot, which is now legal. “The fact that a court in Colorado, one of the first two states to do this, came to this conclusion will hopefully have some impact on how courts in other places look at this,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. However the ruling will not affect convictions from decades ago.

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