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The city of Seattle will ask Municipal Court to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession prosecuted before pot was legalized statewide. Seattle will be moving to vacate misdemeanor marijuana-possession convictions prosecuted by the city before pot was legalized in Washington in 2012. In a news statement early Thursday, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office said City Attorney Pete Holmes would be asking Seattle Municipal Court to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession prosecuted before pot was legalized statewide. It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday how many convictions could be vacated. “I saw firsthand the ‘war on drugs,’ including its devastating impacts on people, especially people of color and their families,” Durkan, a former U.S. attorney, wrote in a guest editorial for The Stranger published Thursday morning. “People’s lives were ruined for misdemeanor marijuana offenses. Seattle to vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions, dismiss charges

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