A top White House official is touting President Joe Biden’s marijuana pardons and scheduling directive among the administration’s top accomplishments in 2022 as the year comes to an end.
Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice said on Thursday that the president’s cannabis clemency and review moves have helped address the country’s “failed approach to marijuana” and represent key parts of the administration’s “remarkably productive year.”
Rice has repeatedly highlighted Biden’s pardons, which affect Americans who’ve committed federal marijuana possession offenses, as well as those who violated the law in Washington, D.C. She was among various officials who cheered Oregon’s governor for providing state-level relief following Biden’s call-to-action, for example.
On Thursday, Rice, who previously served as national security advisor under the Obama administration, listed the marijuana pardons and administrative scheduling review as one of 12 major accomplishments in 2022.
8. Addressed our failed approach to marijuana by pardoning all federal and D.C. simple marijuana possession offenses, urging governors to pardon offenses, and starting the process of @TheJusticeDept and @HHSGov reviewing how marijuana is scheduled.
— Susan Rice (@AmbRice46) December 29, 2022
The administration “addressed our failed approach to marijuana by pardoning all federal and D.C. simple marijuana possession offenses, urging governors to pardon state and local…