In a groundbreaking move, President Joe Biden announced on Friday a federal pardon for every American who has used marijuana in the past, extending to individuals who were never arrested or prosecuted for their involvement with the substance.
This sweeping pardon encompasses all U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents found in possession of marijuana for personal use, as well as those convicted of similar federal offenses. Notably, the pardon also extends to marijuana users in the District of Columbia. However, it does not apply to individuals incarcerated for selling the drug, an activity deemed illegal under federal law, or other marijuana-related offenses such as driving under the influence.
President Biden’s decision is a pivotal component of a broader initiative aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and upholding the principle of equal justice under the law. The announcement resonates with a growing bipartisan consensus supporting reforms designed to promote fairness and equity within the legal system.
In a bold step, President Biden has commuted the sentences of 11 individuals serving lengthy terms for non-violent drug offenses. This move underscores the administration’s commitment to rectifying cases where individuals have received disproportionately severe sentences, particularly for offenses that would now result in less severe penalties.
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