Joe Biden clears all federal convictions for simple cannabis possession

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Joe Biden clears all federal convictions for simple possession of cannabis

President Joe Biden is calling on states to pardon those convicted of the offense of simple possession of cannabis.

“No one should be imprisoned for merely consuming or possessing cannabis,” said he said on Twitter, calling on state governors to follow this path and pardon those convicted of the offense of simple possession of cannabis.

The president also called on health and judicial authorities to rethink the sentences associated with marijuana, while the movement for its decriminalization is meeting with strong support in the United States. Mr. Biden, however, insisted on the importance of continuing the fight against the trafficking and sale to minors of cannabis.

These new measures also aim to rectify criminal proceedings against disproportionately ethnic minorities, justified the president.

Clearing the criminal records of those convicted of drug possession is a matter of social justice, applauded influential progressive lawmaker Pramila Jayapal.

The lower house of the US Congress had approved in early April a bill, brought by the elected representatives of his Democratic Party, aimed at removing cannabis from the federal list of dangerous drugs.

The text must however still be adopted by the Senate.

Nineteen of the fifty US states, plus the capital Washington, have already legalized recreational cannabis use for adults.

In most states, its Medical use is permitted in varying degrees, from oils containing low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) to pure marijuana.

Only a handful of states ultraconservative and rural, like Idaho, Wyoming or Nebraska, remain intransigent.

But, strangely, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Joe Biden's announcement on Thursday, however, symbolizes a first step towards his reclassification.

Marijuana use among young Americans has hit record highs according to a recent study. ;last year.

Joe Biden's announcement can also be interpreted as an appeal to this electorate, one month before the mid-term elections .

As a whole, the American population is overwhelmingly in favor of the legalization of cannabis.

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Center Research last year, 91% of adults think marijuana should be legal, for medical use, for recreational use, or both.

Sales of legal cannabis in the United States last year was around 25 billion dollars and all the experts predict the sector will grow rapidly in the coming years.

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