Kentucky groups call for Beshear to follow Biden in giving state pardons for marijuana offenses | NewsPosted by On

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — After President Joe Biden’s announced this week he’d pardoning thousands of Americans convicted federal possession of marijuana, there are calls for Gov. Andy Beshear to pardon Kentuckians convicted of marijuana offenses.

In a news release, State Rep. Nima Kulkarni (D), of Louisville, joined with the ACLU of Kentucky, the Kentucky State Conference of the NAACP, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Kentucky NORML and the Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition in calling for cannabis pardons.

“President Biden’s decision yesterday to pardon anyone federally convicted of cannabis possession is a massive and much-needed step forward for thousands of Americans,” the joint statement said. “As advocates who have long championed such a move, we urge Governor Andy Beshear to take similar action here in Kentucky.”

In announcing the executive order, Biden called on governors to issue similar pardons for those convicted of state marijuana offenses, which reflect the vast majority of marijuana possession cases.

Biden, in a statement, said the move reflects his position that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.”

In asking for the state pardons, Kulkarni and the organizations said the move “immediately help more than 7,000 of our citizens, many of whom are people of color.”

“Despite clear evidence showing cannabis…

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