U.S. President pardons those convicted of marijuana possession at the federal level 

Written by on 10 October, 2022

The President of the United States announced on October 6 that he will pardon all persons convicted at the federal level of simple marijuana possession offenses, a move that is surely welcomed by advocates of the plant’s use.

“Sending people to prison simply for possessing marijuana has affected too many lives and has meant that there are people in jail for conduct that is legal in many states,” Biden said.

“Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed unnecessary barriers to employment, housing and educational opportunities. And while white, black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted and convicted at disproportionate rates,” he said.

According to CNN, Biden has also ordered the Justice Department to review the plant’s classification in federal legislation. Marijuana is currently classified at the same level as other more harmful substances such as LSD, heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

President Joe Biden also urged the country’s governors to follow his example and pardon those convicted of simple state marijuana possession offenses.

“Just as no one should be in federal prison solely for marijuana possession, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason,” he said.

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