President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of people who were convicted of use and simple possession of marijuana on federal lands and in the District of Columbia, the White House said, in his latest round of executive clemencies meant to rectify racial disparities in the justice system, reported The Associated Press.
The categorical pardon builds on a similar round
issued just before the 2022 midterm elections that pardoned
thousands convicted of simple possession on federal lands eligible. Friday’s
action broadens the criminal offenses covered by the pardon. Biden is also
granting clemency to 11 people serving what the White House called
“disproportionately long” sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.
Biden, in a statement, said his actions would help
make the “promise of equal justice a reality.”
“Criminal records for marijuana use and possession
have imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational
opportunities,” Biden said. “Too many lives have been upended because of our
failed approach to marijuana. It’s time that we right these wrongs.”
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