Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Initiative Disappoints As Thousands Of Applicants Are Rejected

Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Initiative Disappoints As Thousands Of Applicants Are Rejected
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Pennsylvania’s marijuana pardon project has fallen far short of expectations, with officials tentatively considering just 231 of more than 3,500 clemency applications it received over a one-month period. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) launched the statewide pardon initiative in October, touting it as an opportunity to let citizens have minor cannabis possession convictions cleared from their records. But while the administration and Board of Pardons (BOP) touted the significant number of applications it received through the project, it seems that something went amiss, as PennLive first reported on Thursday. There were signs of potential issues in late October, when the board initially voted to hold the roughly 3,500 applications they got under advisement until partnering state agencies could carry out a review to ensure that all eligible applicants were properly considered. That review resulted in a much smaller pool of eligible pardon applicants than officials would have hoped. And even the 231 people who made it through the last review round must still be formally approved by the board later this month. An additional 2,002 applications were denied by BOP “because they did not meet the requirements of the project,” PennLIve reported. The board voted to hold another 434 applications under advisement, a status that allows them to be reconsidered at a future meeting. It’s not clear why the majority of applicants were rejected, but it’s possible that there were technical problems with their submissions or that people who applied had multiple, uncovered convictions on their records, for example. “The Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project was a first of its kind project with a goal to pardon a large amount of people with select minor, non-violent marijuana criminal convictions since the governor cannot unilaterally issue pardons and the General Assembly has yet to act to legalize adult-use marijuana,” Emily Demsey, a deputy…

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