Biden pardoned all those convicted of possession of marijuana, but no one will go free

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Biden pardoned all those convicted of possession of marijuana, but no one will go free

Today, there is not a single prisoner in US federal prisons who is serving a sentence only under this article.

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US President Joe Biden has pardoned all those convicted in federal courts for possession of marijuana. The corresponding statement is posted on the website of the White House. The head of the United States stressed that in this way, thousands of Americans will be cleared of convictions that prevented them from finding a job, looking for housing and receiving a quality education.

The US President also turned to the governors with a proposal to issue similar decrees for convicts at the state level.< /p>

“I urge all governors to do the same for state offenses. Just as no one should be in a federal prison solely for marijuana possession, no one should be in a local or state prison for that reason.” Biden commented.

The head of the White House hopes that this will be an important step towards the decriminalization of cannabis in the United States. In particular, he asked the Minister of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to initiate a process to review marijuana legislation and its status. Currently, according to US federal law, marijuana is on the first list of prohibited substances along with heroin and LSD.

At the same time, Biden believes that restrictions on the illegal trafficking and sale of marijuana to minors should remain in place.

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No one will go free

Despite the fact that Biden announced the pardon of all convicts without exception, about 6.5 thousand people convicted by federal court from 1992 to 2021 years. The New York Times writes about this in his article. As noted, those convicted under the laws of the District of Columbia will also be pardoned. That's a few thousand more people.

However, the pardon does not apply to people convicted of selling or distributing marijuana.

Life for Pot, an organization that helps defendants in criminal cases related to marijuana, clarifies that to date, there is not a single person in federal prisons convicted only under the article on possession of cannabis. In other words, no one will be released after Biden's decree.

“This is window dressing,” the human rights organization stressed.