President Joe Biden has pardoned all those convicted of marijuana possession at the federal level in the US! This was the news that circulated throughout the media in the United States yesterday. Under U.S. federal law, the president has decided to overturn all convictions for possession of weed that have occurred since the 1970s, when the statewide laws that were in effect until recently were introduced. President Biden has also called on governors to follow his lead on the issue of citizens convicted of possession under state laws, whose numbers are much higher than those with federal convictions. Here's more information.
President Joe Biden pardons all federally convicted marijuana possession in the US
President Joe Biden yesterday pardoned thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession under federal law. The U.S. president also said his administration will evaluate whether cannabis should be legally classified in the same way as substances such as heroin or cocaine.
In his speech, Biden stressed that cannabis is now legal in many American states, and yet unnecessary situations are occurring according to the president, such as problems for people with convictions to find jobs or rent apartments.
As I said earlier, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.
Today I am taking steps to end our ineffective approach.
-President Biden wrote on his Twitter account yesterday.
The pardons apply only to those with possession charges and cover only federal convictions. Far more people were convicted under state law.
Therefore, President Biden called on governors to make pardons at the state level, and announced enabling federal legislation, with which state laws should theoretically match.
As I've said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.
Today, I'm taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out.
- President Biden (@POTUS) October 6, 2022