From The Hill: Colorado governor pardons 1,351 people for minor marijuana crimes

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  1. Jaybird
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    This is something that more governors ought to be doing.Report

    • Andy in reply to Jaybird
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      I think you are a Colorado guy too, correct?

      Definitely a good move by Polis.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Andy
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        Oh yeah. He’s also smart on the whole covid policies thing.

        I could see him running in 2024.Report

        • Burt Likko in reply to Jaybird
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          If JRB isn’t well enough to do it himself, of course. Harris ought to get a challenge and not just from Buttigieg: as we saw in 2016, if the candidate has a clear field, she may miss out on some opportunities to sharpen her game. (And Harris’ game needs sharpening, as we saw in 2020.) The pundits do love them some western-state Democratic Governors!Report

          • Michael Cain in reply to Burt Likko
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            The pundits do love them some western-state Democratic Governors!

            Yeah, that worked out real well for Inslee, who got zero traction. Granted he was an admitted single-issue candidate, and it was an issue that the party leadership in DC and the people who did the debate questions wanted nothing to do with.Report

        • Andy in reply to Jaybird
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          I would like to see that, but I think he’s too out of step with where the national party is now. Like Hickenlooper, I don’t think he can compete in the primaries. But I’m not sure what else he would do unless one of the Senate seats opens up.Report

  2. Burt Likko
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    This would be ideal if the convictions were for the sorts of things that used to be criminalized but now aren’t after the change in the law.

    If true, that means there were 1,351 people in Colorado prisons whose only offense was having weed to smoke. No reason to think Colorado was particularly unusual in that respect.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Burt Likko
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      “What do you call a stoner with an eighth?”
      “Almost out of weed.”

      I’m sure that possession of an ounce was “intent to distribute” not so long ago.Report

    • Dark Matter in reply to Burt Likko
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      that means there were 1,351 people in Colorado prisons whose only offense was having weed to smoke.

      Does it?

      You are hereby pardoned for this minor crime which is now legal. Your sentence for murder still stands. Your length of incarceration has been changed from 40 years to 39.

      There’s no need to thank me. I will be claiming credit for this reform and it will make a great headline.Report

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