May 21, 2024
President Joe Biden is pardoning all prior federal offenses regarding simple marijuana possession as a part of a flurry of executive actions.

President Joe Biden is pardoning all prior federal offenses regarding simple marijuana possession as a part of a flurry of executive actions.

Biden’s pardon applies to all persons convicted of simple possession of marijuana under District of Columbia Law as well, according to senior administration officials.

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“There are thousands of people with prior federal convictions for marijuana possession,” an official said. “The president has directed the attorney general to develop an administrative process to issue certificates to eligible individuals.”

Biden will also urge governors to take similar actions at the state level because “no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason either,” according to an official.

“The president is asking the Secretary of [Health and Human Services] and the Attorney General to review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law,” an official said. “Federal law currently classifies marijuana in schedule one of the Controlled Substances Act, the same schedule as for heroin and LSD and it’s even higher than the classification for fentanyl and methamphetamine, the drugs that are driving our overdose epidemic.”

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