Biden to pardon simple federal marijuana possession convictions

Biden to pardon simple federal marijuana possession convictions

President Biden announced that he is taking executive action to pardon people convicted of simple marijuana possession.

He decided that sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives.

Facts state that over 6,500 people were convicted of simple possession between 1992 and 2021.

However, most convictions happen at the state level, leaving those pardons up to each governor.

Currently, 19 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use and 38 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.

Biden has also asked Health and Human Services to review whether marijuana should still be classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

Some marijuana advocacy groups have applauded the move.

However, some other GOP members opposed the move and called it a desperate attempt at distraction.