Congressional Researchers Lay Out Six Key Limitations Of Biden’s Marijuana Pardons

Congressional Researchers Lay Out Six Key Limitations Of Biden’s Marijuana Pardons
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Congressional researchers released a report on Wednesday that provides a point-by-point overview of the limitations of President Joe Biden’s mass marijuana pardon, as well as broader analysis on recent state and federal cannabis reform actions. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) described the “two key developments in federal and state marijuana regulation” that have taken place this fall, including the president’s clemency action and related cannabis scheduling review, as well as votes on legalization ballot initiatives in five states, two of which passed the reform. “While some observers consider President Biden’s grant of clemency to represent a significant change in federal marijuana policy, as a legal matter it did little to alter the growing disparity between federal and state marijuana regulation,” CRS said before detailing its limitations. “Marijuana regulation is one area where the gap between federal and state controlled substance laws is particularly salient,” the report says. It explains, however, that federal prohibition has been mitigated by a congressional spending bill rider that puts restrictions on the use of federal funds for cannabis enforcement, as well as prosecutorial discretion that’s been exercised. CRS said that there are other means of closing the policy gap, including through administrative action that Biden initiated last month by directing multi-agency scientific review of marijuana’s current Schedule I status. That review could hypothetically return a recommendation to place cannabis in a lower schedule or remove it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) altogether. In the meantime, Biden has moved to pardon about 6,500 people who’ve committed federal marijuana offenses, as well as those who’ve violated the law in Washington, D.C. But as CRS pointed out, there are at least six major limitations to the relief. First, the president’s isn’t able to pardon people with cannabis convictions at the state level, where more marijuana cases are…

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