Biden to Pardon Thousands Convicted of Marijuana ‘Simple Possession’

Biden to Pardon Thousands Convicted of Marijuana ‘Simple Possession’

(AP) – President Joe Biden will pardon thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.

He also called on governors to issue similar pardons for those convicted of state marijuana offenses, which reflect the vast majority of marijuana possession cases.

Biden said the move reflects his position that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.”

He said his action will ease the consequences for “people who have prior Federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result.”

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