Biden didn’t go into detail about the mass pardon he issued in October
President Joe Biden on Monday said that marijuana reform is part of his commitment to “equal justice,” arguing that people should be released from prison and have their records cleared for simple possession.
Speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day hosted by the National Action Network’s (NAN), the president said he was keeping his “promise” by providing relief to those who’ve been criminalized over cannabis.
“No one—I’ll say it again—no one should be in federal prison for the mere possession of marijuana. No one,” he said.
“In addition to that, they should be released from prison and completely pardoned and their entire record expunged so that if they have to ask, ‘Have you ever been [convicted], you can honestly say, ‘No,’” he added.
Biden didn’t go into detail about the mass pardon he issued in October, granting clemency to several thousand people who’ve committed federal marijuana possession offenses. But he’s repeatedly described the action as an example of a campaign promise that he’s fulfilled.
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