President Biden ‘Working On’ Releasing Cannabis Prisoners

President Biden ‘Working On’ Releasing Cannabis Prisoners
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President Joseph Biden recently said that his administration is “working on” his goal to release federal marijuana prisoners, although he failed to provide details or set a timeline to enact a cannabis clemency plan for those behind bars for marijuana convictions. Biden made the comments after Marine 1, the presidential helicopter, landed on the south lawn of the White House on July 16. During brief remarks to the press, a reporter asked the president if he’d be honoring his campaign pledge to release all the marijuana inmates in prison? Biden replied that he doesn’t think that “anyone should be in prison for the use of marijuana.  We’re working on the Crime Bill now,” according to an official White House transcript of the exchange. It’s unclear which legislation the president was referring to, however. While campaigning for the presidency in 2020, Biden said that “anyone who has a [marijuana] record should be let out of jail” and pledged to “broadly use his clemency power for certain non-violent and drug crimes.” Biden has also said that while he doesn’t plan to end the federal prohibition on recreational marijuana, he’d support the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of cannabis. Only two days earlier, just before Biden reiterated his cannabis policy, the cannabis clemency advocacy group The Weldon Project and the National Cannabis Roundtable announced the launch of the Cannabis Clemency Campaign, an initiative that will encourage the Biden Administration and Congress to advance policies that would grant cannabis clemency to qualifying individuals who have been convicted on federal marijuana charges. “Through cannabis clemency, President Biden has an opportunity to deliver justice for the thousands of Americans who have been impacted by federal marijuana prohibition and punitive sentencing practices,” said Weldon Angelos, co-founder of organization. “This would fulfill one of President Biden’s campaign pledges and send a powerful message about this…

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