In Historic Move, Biden Announces He Will Pardon Thousands of Federal Cannabis Offenses

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Today President Joe Biden announced that he will pardon people with federal convictions for simple possession of cannabis. The official White House statement was published October 6, noting that under current federal law, cannabis falls under Schedule I alongside deadly drugs like fentanyl. Allow me to lay them out.” Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. The Justice Department will begin the process of providing certificates of pardons to people who are eligible, USA Today reports. This executive action will positively impact countless Americans who have been saddled with criminal histories and the unjust suffering and consequences of cannabis prohibition.

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Today President Joe Biden announced that he will pardon people with federal convictions for simple possession of cannabis. Going further, he announced that he will direct the U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to begin the process of reviewing the classification of cannabis at the federal level.

The official White House statement was published October 6, noting that under current federal law, cannabis falls under Schedule I alongside...

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