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Spokane City Council allows people to remove misdemeanor marijuana charges from record


SPOKANE, Washington — People who have been convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from their criminal record.

The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to allow those convictions to be vacated.

The Spokesman-Review says the convictions won't go away automatically.

City Council President Ben Stuckart says he expects that by early next year people will be able to fill out a form with Spokane's Municipal Court to vacate the convictions.

Supporters argued that the recent legalization of recreational marijuana made it unfair to penalize those who had been convicted of low-level marijuana crimes.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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