“Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana.”
President Biden will pardon everyone who has been convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law, the White House announced Thursday.
“There are thousands of people who have prior federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions,” Biden said in a statement.
The pardons will also include people who have been convicted of simple possession in the District of Columbia.
The announcement represents the most significant action on marijuana the Biden administration has taken to date — and a major step towards decriminalization.
Marijuana is illegal under federal law, even as states have moved toward legal use for recreational and medical purposes.
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