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CO Governor not likely to release marijuana prisoners, expunge records

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The Internet has been set ablaze with news that Colorado's Governor John W. Hickenlooper has proposed a bill that would release those convicted on marijuana charges and expunge the conviction from their record. This is because of a "news" story called Colorado Governor Set To Release Those Convicted On Marijuana Related Charges, Expunge Records posted over the weekend by Chase Logan at National Report.

Here's something that everyone jumping all over this article seems to have missed:

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While the right thing to do may be to release people whose crime is now perfectly legal, there is currently no confirmed plan to do so. The National Report's story would best be chalked up to political activism, as the story ends by saying, "Contact Governor John Hickenlooper with your support here." Until the public demands it, they will continue to pay for people to rot in prison for something that is no longer a crime.