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February 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Marijuana bills advance in Olympia

The Associated Press

Two marijuana-related bills are advancing in Olympia.

A House committee Thursday OK’d a measure that would let people quickly vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions in Washington state. And a Senate committee advanced a measure providing arrest protection for patients under the state’s medical marijuana law.

Washington voters last fall approved Initiative 502, legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of pot by adults over 21. The House bill is designed to clear the records of people convicted of minor pot-related crimes in the past — activity that’s now legal under state law.

The Senate bill is designed to make it clear that police should not arrest medical marijuana patients.

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