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Colorado governor is considering the release of nearly 40 inmates with marijuana convictions

The inmates are serving time for nonviolent marijuana crimes

John Frank
The Denver Post

DENVER, CO - January 11: Governor John Hickenlooper shaking hands after delivering his final the Colorado State of the State address at the Colorado State Capitol. January 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is exploring whether to release nearly 40 inmates convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses.

The desire to commute the sentences is a policy statement on marijuana from the Democrat’s administration as well as a reflection of the state’s overcrowded prisons. And it may prompt untold others to seek pardons for past marijuana-related crimes.

“Right now, we have not enough room left in our prisons. So if what these people are serving serious time for wasn’t violent — is no longer illegal — maybe we should be looking at (whether) it safe to release them,” he said in an interview with The Denver Post.

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