Biden pardons about 6,500 people on minor marijuana possession charges

Biden pardons about 6,500 people on minor marijuana possession charges

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On October 7, the BBC reported that US President Joe Biden pardoned all Americans convicted of federal crimes for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Officials estimate that around 6,500 people convicted of such crimes will be purged.

US President Joe Biden waves to the media as he leaves the White House on October 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. – Biden travels to New York and New Jersey to talk about the economy, attend a Democratic National Committee event and participate in a Senatorial Campaign Committee before returning to Washington. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

Biden said as a presidential candidate on Thursday October 6, although no one is currently being held in federal prison for the mere possession of marijuana. And such judgments are guilty at the state level. But federal pardons will make it easier for people to find work, housing and education. Ready to promise to reduce penalties for using marijuana as well as to refute the crimes.

“Sending people to prison for possession of marijuana increases the lives of more people and inmates for behavior that is no longer prohibited by many states,” Biden said, adding: Statistically non-whites are more likely to be imprisoned for marijuana.

FILE PHOTO: A worker checks cannabis plants inside the hot house of the Tilray factory in Cantanhede, Portugal April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo

However, Biden has been criticized for writing the 1994 Violent Crime and Enforcement Amendment Act to strengthen penalties for drug crimes and lead to more incarceration of minorities.

The pardon comes a month before the mid-term elections for the United States Congress. This will set the balance of power in the US government during the last two years of their term. Marijuana shares jumped about 20 percent on the stock exchange after Biden’s pardon.

FILE PHOTO: Cannabis plants grow inside the hot house of the Tilray factory in Cantanhede, Portugal April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo

Biden also said he would call on every governor to legalize a marijuana pardon. and also direct orders and also ordered directly to the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health Review of how marijuana is classified under federal law.

“Our country distributes marijuana on the same level as heroin. and more intense than fentanyl It makes no sense,” Biden said.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in 19 states, including Washington. Medical use is legal in 37 states and three US territories, but marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. Even in states where marijuana can be legally purchased and used. As a result, people are still convicted of possession in some cases.

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