Pennsylvania Governor Grants 69 Marijuana Pardons As Lawmakers Move Bipartisan Legalization Bill

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As Pennsylvania lawmakers are set to take up a new bipartisan marijuana legalization bill, the governor on Monday announced that he granted expedited pardons for low-level cannabis offenses for 69 more people. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed off on the clemency actions last week as part of the Expedited Review Program for Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses through the state Board of Pardons. With this latest round, a total of 95 people have had their cannabis convictions pardoned through the initiative to date. The governor also issued pardons for 241 unrelated offenses for a total of 310 last week. He said in a press release that the clemency gives these people “a chance to put the conviction behind them, offering them more opportunities as they build careers, buy homes, and move on with their lives free of this burden.” .@GovernorTomWolf last week signed 310 pardons, 69 of which were part of an expedited review program for non-violent marijuana-related offenses introduced by the Board of Pardons and authorized by @FettermanLt in September 2019. — Office of the Governor (@GovernorsOffice) March 1, 2021 “In particular, the nonviolent marijuana convictions-associated pardons have been expedited to make what was a years-long process now a matter of months,” Wolf said. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), a strong proponent of legalization, said he’s “proud to be a partner with Governor Wolf in our historic reinvention of second chances for Pennsylvanians.” Brandon Flood, the secretary of the Board of Pardons (BOP), said that the expedited pardon program will soon expand to include other offenses. “In addition, BOP is actively working with the governor’s office to develop a more streamlined review process for both commutation applicants and certain types of pardon applicants whose applications are recommended by BOP to the governor,” he said. The clemency action comes days after…

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