DENVER, CO - MARCH 27: A cannabis plant at Northern Lights grow facility in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2014. The retail marijuana business has been booming in Edgewater. No crime or problems have been reported to police by retail marijuana businesses since legal recreational sales began on January 1st.(Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Marijuana on your criminal record? Denver will help clear it, mayor says.

Colorado may be the mecca of legal marijuana, but the state’s old drug laws still loom large. More than 10,000 people in Denver alone were convicted of low-level cannabis crimes between 2001 and 2013.

Those offenses — such as possessing the drug or paraphernalia — would not be illegal today, but they still haunt many people’s criminal records.

Now, the city of Denver will help people to erase, or expunge, those records. Mayor Michael Hancock has ordered a “citywide effort” to remove low-level marijuana convictions from residents’ records.

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