Biden’s pardon of marijuana offenses won’t apply to militaryPosted by On


President Biden’s decision to pardon thousands of Americans who faced federal marijuana possession charges will not apply to members of the military.

A White House official made clear Friday that Biden’s move does not apply to Uniform Code of Military Justice offenses, meaning service members charged under military law for similar crimes would not be extended the same benefit, according to a Military.com report.

Biden announced the pardons on Thursday, saying they would cover about 6,500 Americans who were federally charged with simple possession of marijuana.

“As I often said during my campaign for president, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana,” Biden said in the announcement. “Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit.”

BIDEN PARDON FOR SIMPLE MARIJUANA POSSESSION WON’T APPLY TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden serve food to soldiers and their families at Fort Bragg.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden serve food to soldiers and their families at Fort Bragg.
(Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

None of the Americans facing simple possession charges are currently in federal prisons, while people charged with other crimes would not be covered by the order.

The president does have the ability to alter some UCMJ punishments, though any large change to the rules that govern the conduct of service members would require action by Congress. Although UCMJ allows for service members to be

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