Biden issues pardons for certain marijuana offenses

Biden issues pardons for certain marijuana offenses Dec. 22, 2023, 5:00 AM PST / Updated Dec. 22, 2023, 8:45 AM PST By Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner and Megan Lebowitz

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden issued a proclamation to pardon certain marijuana offenses Friday, building on broader action he took last year for thousands of people convicted of possession under federal law.

The new pardons target "additional offenses of simple possession and use of marijuana under federal and D.C. law," Biden said in a statement. The proclamation includes offenses related to "use and possession on certain Federal lands," provisions that weren't covered by the 2022 proclamation.

"Criminal records for marijuana use and possession have imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities," Biden said in the statement. "Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It’s time that we ri…

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