Colorado Will Release All Marijuana Prisoners and Expunge Their Records


Update: it’s apparently fake. We got “got” by, and had no idea the National Report site was satirical. But it should happen. And will eventually happen. And if nothing else, it’s a reminder that even though we have a legal state, thousands remain imprisoned for marijuana possession. If you want this to become real life, contact Governor Hickenlooper right here to make life mirror “fiction.”

It’s already (clearly) been a landmark year for Colorado, America’s first legal weed state. Legalization has been a full-fledged success, other states are now following (or hoping to follow suit), and the state is reaping in the rewards of its marijuana sales tax.

And while Governor Hickenlooper may have had some initial hesitations (and resisted/opposed) legalization, the trend-setting legislator is thankfully not content standing still with just legal weed. And after seeing the national attention garnered by legalization–and the estimated total north of 100 million dollars from cannabis tax dollars, he’s seen the light.

Because wow, Hickenlooper wants to take the next step toward justice: he wants his state’s marijuana prisoners (yep, they still exist) to be freed from the chains and have their records cleared so they can go on living normal lives–and not be stalked by the shadow of prohibition.

Thus, he’s proposed a bill that would change just that–and begin emptying America’s overcrowded prisons, many of which are polluted by innocent cannabis enthusiasts.

“Under the new bill, convicts currently serving time on marijuana related charges will be released and the crime expunged from their records.”

From the article, it’s unclear if only low-level offenders will be released–you’d assume traffickers will remain behind bars–but either way, it’s another revolutionary move

“The Governor has a strong background of following his heart and doing what is right and this is just a natural progression.  While the US is one of the only countries in the world that does NOT guarantee retroactive ameliorative relief in sentencing, the plan proposed by Gov. Hickenlooper would free those currently serving and simply seal all records of ‘personal’ pot possession. Sealing the records effectively makes the arrest disappear to background checks.  This doesn’t just impact the offender in Colorado, it prevents that record from showing up no matter where that user goes – even if pot is illegal in the state, making it easier for former convicts to find employment.” []

And there you have it. The one state changing America–and the world’s–long and twisted history with cannabis looks poised to take it yet ANOTHER step further, and just generally continues to keep it oh so real.

But always remember: we’ve still got 49 more states to go, lots of laws to be changed, and moves to make. There’s still thousands upon thousands of Americans in jail for weed-related offenses, and in restrictive states across the countries, our people are still being jailed and persecuted for the love of the plant.

Colorado has staked its claim as the place where the revolution is finally coming to fruition–and the revolution will be rolled, smoked, and blown in the face of our detractors.

Because sooner rather than later, no marijuana criminal in America will feel the specter of their “illegal activity” hindering their lives and job opportunities throughout the rest of their lives. As way say A LOT: it’s a matter of when, not if.

Morality always wins.

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Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining, Barry wrote about sports and music. His work has appeared on TIME, The Huffington Post, Deadspin, and elsewhere on the Internet. In his spare time, he enjoys disco and Kosher Kush.


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  2. Stephen Morrow on

    Someone beat me to it but … National Report is SATIRE. Stoners not looking too good with this one. *cough*deletethisbs*cough*

    • Actually not really like Fox News; they deliberty twist/distort facts to skew the news toward their political side, while this appears to have been an honest mistake (note the retraction above). They do need to do better fact-checking however. While I have great respect for amature journalists, as a journalism student I would suggest taking a couple classes; it is possible to refine ones’ technique without losing ones’ principles, and their are some good teachers out there that recognize the corruption within mainstream media.

      • OMG, you are really out in left field, the lame stream doesn’t report ANYTHING, you are living in a vacuum bubba, lala land, the land of utopia……….lmao.

  3. True or not, this is a great story. I read over on canabilist that some 80 people have contacted the Governors office today asking for details. In this case it is life imitating art. Hopefully this story continues to circle social media until the Gov actually decides it is a good idea.

  4. You guys are idiots. Aside from getting tricked by fake news, the idea that we should release these people is stupid. Most of them are in there because they repeatedly broke the law and the vast majority were in the business. They were just some 18 year old kids who were smoking in the car. They were people who were trafficking the drug and got caught. Repeatedly. Why the hell should we let them out? So they can start dealing heroin or meth?

    • Obviously you have zero street smarts, nor any real perception of peoplefor that matter, A not every person with a marijuana charge in prison is based off of multiple charges, if your going to generalize people im going to be that guy to shut you up, up until recent years in the state of NV you will do felony time for any amount including 1 seed just 1 seed and a minimum of 1 year of your life was over, but its cool they were just gonna sell meth they deserve it right??? Or even still in FL its a felony for any amount but again they sell meth too so fuck em, and then when you grab your next beer think about how many people thought how you are thinking now when alcohol was illegal

    • I somewhat agree with what you said, maybe if they could do it so misdemeanor marijuana offenders could be released/expunged but keep the felon offenders and marijuana traffickers would stay in jail and have the charges kept on their record, I think it would be a great thing because simple possession charges can affect ones life and it shouldn’t, but to your point yes the big traffickers should still suffer the consequences especially if they were dealing with other drugs

  5. Doesn’t the source over at know that Julio Cesar Chavez past away last year. He no longer works as spokesman for the governor if he ever did.

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  7. Bad to the Bone on

    Satirical news sites (other than the Onion, which is universally known as a satirical news publication) are annoying and serve absolutely no purpose other than to cause even more disinformation on the internet. Anyone “reporting” on a satirical news site that doesn’t explicitly state that it is a satirical website should be executed.

  8. I’m from Canada…these pot laws are so stupid…it is a drug that takes pain from people and also cures is a proven remedy for these things. Why would this be illegal? This is so dumb…as far as releasing people with previous convictions, of trafficking,,, of course they should…who the hell is selling it in the pot stores now??? Man I tell you this shit is so elementary!!

  9. Excellent reporting, WAY to CHECK your SOURCES! what a JOKE! a freshman in college can do better research and citing that this…You posted as fact a report from a satirical paper. Why wouldn’t you check to see what made this source a CREDIBLE source? If you’d ventured into STAFF and Disclaimer section you would have found this lovely note for you to cite: *DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.

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