Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, announced on Thursday the creation of a new program to pardon past convictions for marijuana offenses. Dubbed the Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project, the initiative is a “coordinated effort for a one-time, large-scale pardoning project for people with select minor, non-violent marijuana criminal convictions,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Wolf and Fetterman have long advocated for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Pennsylvania, where lawmakers legalized medical marijuana in 2016. In 2019, Fetterman embarked on a 98-day tour to visit each of the state’s 67 counties to hold town hall meetings on legalization, after which he estimated up to 70% of residents support continued marijuana reform.
“I have repeatedly called on our Republican-led General Assembly to support the legalization of adult-use marijuana, but they’ve yet to meet this call for action from myself and Pennsylvanians,” Wolf said on Wednesday. “Until they do, I am committed to doing everything in my power to support Pennsylvanians who have been adversely affected by a minor marijuana offense on their record.
Pardon Applications Now Being Accepted
The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons began accepting…