Colorado Courts Rule Some Pot Convictions Can Be Overturned

Colorado’s second-highest court decided Thursday that some people convicted of possessing small amounts of pot can ask for those convictions to be thrown out under the new marijuana law.

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The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado may lead to hundreds of people convicted of possessing small amounts of pot being let out of jail, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The Colorado Court of Appeals, the second-highest court in the state, ruled Thursday that people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 took effect in December 2012 are eligible to have their convictions reversed.

Amendment 64 decriminalized possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in Colorado.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General John Suthers told the AP they are reviewing next steps.

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