Lawmakers Step Up Push For Biden To Grant Mass Marijuana Pardons

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More than a dozen members of Congress have stepped up their push for President Joe Biden to grant mass clemency for people with federal marijuana convictions, taking to Twitter to amplify a sign-on letter they sent to the White House urging the action. Shortly after the letter was released, with 37 congressional signatories, members gave it a signal boost with a flood of social media posts directed at the president. They want Biden to follow the lead of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, who used executive authority in the 1970s to categorically forgive Americans who avoided the draft for the Vietnam War. In the letter—led by Congressional Cannabis Caucus cochairs Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Barbara Lee (D-CA)—the lawmakers noted the expansion of the state-legal marijuana legalization movement and last year’s House vote in favor of a bill to end federal cannabis prohibition. However, “until the day that Congress sends you a marijuana reform bill to sign, you have a unique ability to lead on criminal justice reform and provide immediate relief to thousands of Americans,” they wrote. The message echoed on Twitter following the letter’s release. Here’s what lawmakers are saying about the push for a general pardon for marijuana offenders and #CannabisJusticeNOW: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Every president since George H.W. Bush has exercised their pardoning power for cannabis offenses. President Biden: Pardon federal cannabis convictions and support #CannabisJusticeNOW. — Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) February 18, 2021 Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) The War on Drugs has wreaked havoc on Black & Brown communities. In our fight for cannabis reform, we must work toward restorative justice for those most impacted. That’s why @RepBlumenauer and I called on @POTUS to pardon past federal marijuana convictions. — Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 18, 2021 Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) After years…

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