“That got me thinking of the thousands of Washingtonians who have a misdemeanor marijuana conviction on their record, and if there wasn’t something we could do to help them out, help them get a fresh start with their lives,” he said.
Many times a marijuana conviction can disqualify one for numerous jobs, public housing opportunities and educational financing: harms Fitzgibbon hopes to undo by allowing prior offenders to petition for their charges to be vacated.
“Since the voters of Washington clearly believe that possession of small amounts of marijuana is not something that’s a crime in our state, I thought that maybe we can offer a second chance to people who have that crime on their record,” he said.
Alas how altered are the times,
rich men despise the poor
And pay them off without remorse quite scornful at their door
And if a man is out of work, his Parish pay is small
Enough to starve himself and wife, his children and all
So arouse you sons of freedom
the world seems upside down
They scorn the poor man as a thief
in country and in town