This week, House and Senate lawmakers in Washington state approved legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions.
The measure provides the courts with the discretion to vacate any misdemeanor marijuana conviction. Those seeking to have their records expunge will need to petition the sentencing court for the vacation of their records.
Governor Inslee has previously stated that he “believes that forgiving these convictions will allow people to move on with their lives without these convictions causing additional burdens on people, their families, their employers and their communities.”
Once signed, the new law goes into effect on July 27, 2019.