South Carolina Lawmaker Files ‘420 Day’ Bill To Require Annual Marijuana Pardons On Cannabis Holiday

South Carolina Lawmaker Files ‘420 Day’ Bill To Require Annual Marijuana Pardons On Cannabis Holiday
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A South Carolina lawmaker wants the state to celebrate 4/20 in a different kind of way in the years to come, filing a bill on Wednesday that would require officials to issue pardons for people with marijuana convictions on their records annually on the unofficial cannabis holiday. Rep. JA Moore (D) introduced the legislation to create “420 Day” in the state. The measure would direct the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services to provide relief to at least 20 percent of those who’ve completed their sentence for simple marijuana possession every year on April 20. Happy 420! Today I filed H.7614, a bill to pardon 20% of South Carolinians convicted of simple marijuana possession on 4/20 every year. Possession of marijuana is a nonviolent offense and it’s a crime that has been enforced unjustly since its inception. pic.twitter.com/RafEfKtZmW — SC Representative JA Moore (@jamooreforsc15) April 20, 2022 The department could theoretically grant more cannabis pardons; it’s not clear why the sponsor set a 20 percent minimum beyond playing into the holiday, but he did say that proposal is meant to serve as a conversation-starter. The text of the bill stipulates this proposal would only apply “to the pardoning of the offense of simple possession of marijuana and not to other unrelated convictions.” “Possession of marijuana is a nonviolent offense and it’s a crime that has been enforced unjustly since its inception,” Moore said in a press release. “We need to force a conversation on this issue and that is the intention of my bill.” The bill, H.7614, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Its introduction also comes as a Senate-passed medical cannabis legalization measure heads to the House floor after clearing a key committee. That bill, S. 150, would allow patients with qualifying conditions to possess…

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