It’s Up To Biden To Direct Mass Clemency For Marijuana Cases, U.S. Pardon Attorney Says

It’s Up To Biden To Direct Mass Clemency For Marijuana Cases, U.S. Pardon Attorney Says
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It’s up to President Joe Biden to initiate a process of granting mass clemency for people with non-violent federal cannabis convictions, the recently appointed U.S. pardon attorney told Marijuana Moment on Thursday. As a general practice, the Justice Department’s pardon office looks as petitions for relief on an individualized basis and then makes recommendations to the president, Pardon Attorney Elizabeth Oyer said during an event hosted by the Justice Roundtable, a coalition of criminal justice reform organizations. That said, a categorical pardon for people with federal cannabis records is still possible if the president takes action, the former public defender, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in April, said. “Right now, the Office of the Pardon Attorney reviews every individual clemency application on an individualized basis—and that could change at the direction of the president,” Oyer said in response to a question from Marijuana Moment about the feasibility of Biden issuing mass pardons and commutations for marijuana convictions in the way Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter did for people who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. “Currently, what we do is we look at cases individually for the most part and not categorically,” Oyer said. But she left the door open that the president could issue a directive otherwise if he wanted to. Advocates and lawmakers have pushed the Biden administration to take initiative and grant mass clemency given that he’s voiced support for decriminalization and said on the campaign trail that he doesn’t believe anyone should be incarcerated over non-violent cannabis offenses. The president did commute the sentences of 75 people, including dozens with non-violent federal drug convictions, earlier this year. But that falls far short of the type of relief that advocates have requested. The pardon attorney said that when her office makes clemency…

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