Biden announces pardon for US convicts for possession of marijuana

US President Joe Biden pardoned all those convicted of marijuana possession in the United States under federal law on Thursday. With this decision, over 6,500 condemned will be struck by pardon. With the acquittal, Biden is hinting at decriminalizing marijuana, one of the Democrats’ election promises, ahead of his 2019 election.

In addition, Joe Biden also indicated that he has instructed members of his administration to review, as soon as possible, the provisions on possession of marijuana in American law, in order to remove it from the list of most dangerous substances. He also called on the governors of the United States to adopt the measure also in the states in which they are represented.

Biden announces pardon for US inmates for possession of marijuana
The pardon for those convicted of marijuana possession in the United States was an election promise from Democrat Joe Biden (Reproduction / Internet)

Currently, the U.S. federal government classifies marijuana as a “Schedule 1” narcotic, in the same category as heroin and LSD – and more severe than fentanyl – which, according to Biden, “It means nothing”. Always according to him, “Many lives have been killed due to our failed approach; It is time to correct those mistakes..

“Thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession may be denied job and education opportunities. No one should be in prison just for using or possessing marijuana.

Joe Biden, president of the United States

Biden’s pardon will be issued through an administrative process overseen by the Department of Justice. Those entitled to pardon receive a certificate stating that they have been officially pardoned for their crime. Officials also said that no American is currently serving a prison sentence on simple federal marijuana possession charges. But they said the number of defendants for the crime was 6,500.

Marijuana in the United States is taking the states by storm

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In late 2020, the United States House passed a measure that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

The loosening of federal marijuana rules has caught on in recent years as the drug is legalized in an increasing number of states. In late 2020, the United States House passed a measure that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, although it was not passed in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The next step now is the review of US legislation by the Secretary of Health and also the Attorney General, as requested by Joe Biden.

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Sources: CNN, White House, New York Times.

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