BREAKING NEWS – President Biden has fulfilled his promise of pardoning all federal marijuana possession offenses.
“As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.
Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach.” – Joe Biden, Twitter
Biden made promises of marijuana reform in his campaigning 2 years ago and this is the first cannabis action he’s taken.
He’s identified 3 separate initiatives, in 3 individual tweets.
All “simple marijuana possession” offenses will be pardoned. The keyword “simple” likely means that cases involving multiple charges will not be pardoned. I’m not an attorney so we’ll have to follow up and see exactly what this means.
Biden Calls on State Governors for More Marijuana Pardons
In Biden’s 2nd tweet, he calls upon the Governors of the individual states to follow course and pardon state offenses of cannabis possession.
Under Federal Law, first-time offenders for marijuana possession were slapped with a $1000 fine and 1yr in jail. 2nd and 3rd-time offenders get additional years and more than double the fines.
Because weed is still fully illegal in 4 states and mixed legality in 10 more, many Americans are incarcerated under State Law and unaffected by the Federal Pardon.
Biden: Cmon Man, Weed ain’t that bad
In his 3rd tweet, President Joe Biden points out the blatant misclassification of marijuana.
Cannabis is currently classified as a Schedule 1 substance – which by definition has no medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Biden pings the Attorney General and the Secretary of DHHS to reschedule cannabis.
Is the Biden Pardon Enough?
Change takes time and cannabis has been waiting for a cool minute.
Could there be more or better action for Biden to take?
Is this genuine or is he just trying to win some votes?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!