Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) is ordering a "citywide" effort to vacate and expunge low-level marijuana convictions from residents' criminal records. 

“For too long, the lives of low-income residents and those living in our communities of color have been negatively affected by low-level marijuana convictions,” the Democrat said in a statement on Tuesday, according to The Denver Post.


“This is an injustice that needs to be corrected, and we are going to provide a pathway to move on from an era of marijuana prohibition that has impacted the lives of thousands of people.”

Colorado, which is one of the most progressive states with regard to marijuana legislation, legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012. 

The Post notes that more than 10,000 people were convicted of low-level cannabis crimes between 2001 and 2013 that would not be illegal today. 

Individuals convicted of those crimes can independently seek to expunge the records. But a spokesperson for the City of Denver told the Post that the local government will now proactively help them. 

Mayoral spokesperson Theresa Marchetta added that the city's efforts will make the expungement process significantly easier. The details of the effort remain unknown. 

Hancock said that the program would be part of “Denver’s continuing effort to promote inclusion for people and communities disproportionally impacted by the war on drugs.”

The move comes only a week after the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office said that it was looking to vacate and seal thousands of marijuana possession convictions.