Vacating Old Marijuana Convictions in Boulder, Colorado


As we know, efforts are underway in Colorado, California, Washington and elsewhere to permit and assist people with “qualifying” prior marijuana convictions to expunge, vacate, get pardoned, or otherwise reduce the ongoing negative impact of old possession cases. For Boulder Colorado, regardless of the progress of the state effort in Colorado, the District Attorney has issued the following for guidance. Most important, there is a link to the form and instructions from the Boulder District Attorney on the District Attorney’s website that can be submitted electronically

Moving On from Marijuana” Convictions

The Boulder District Attorney’s Office has previously announced a new initiative called “Moving On from Marijuana.” As part of the new initiative, the District Attorney’s Office will take proactive steps to help vacate marijuana convictions on behalf of qualifying defendants in order to relieve them of the collateral consequences, such as college admission or gainful employment, associated with prior convictions for conduct that would be legal today.

The Boulder Criminal Defense Bar has undertaken efforts to assist people impacted by this progress. We just announced that:

To kick off the “Moving On from Marijuana” initiative, we invite community members to join us in the Training Room on the 2nd Floor of the Boulder Justice Center, located at 1777 6th Street, Boulder, Colorado, on either January 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m or January 15, 2019 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. to speak with us about prior convictions. If a case qualifies for relief, the District Attorney’s Office will assist with the process.

After this initial kick off, the District Attorney’s Office will have an application form on the District Attorney’s website that can be submitted electronically (

District Attorney Michael Dougherty is committed to pursuing justice in every case and assuring that now legal conduct does not continue to have an adverse impact on people’s lives. It is a matter of fundamental fairness.

Be Healthy. Be Safe

Lenny Frieling