Oregon Governor Says Her Mass Marijuana Pardons Are ‘Truly An Act Of Mercy’

Oregon Governor Says Her Mass Marijuana Pardons Are ‘Truly An Act Of Mercy’
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) says her recent move to grant marijuana pardons is “very much a racial justice issue.” The governor spoke about her mass pardon of more than 45,000 people for state-level cannabis possession offenses at a forum hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs on Thursday.

“I absolutely believe that no one, no one deserves to be forever saddled with the impacts of a conviction for simple possession of marijuana when, in Oregon, it is a crime that is no longer on the books,” Brown told the audience, referring to state voters’ approval of a cannabis legalization initiative in 2014. “Certainly we know folks that have faced housing barriers, employment barriers, educational barriers for a conviction of this particular crime, and obviously, at least in my state, it is legal and has been for a number of years.” “I think we all know the truth, and that is that people of color and our low-income community members have been disproportionately impacted by these crimes,” she said. “And so, for me, this is very much a racial justice issue.” Brown’s marijuana clemency action—which also involved forgiveness for more than $14 million in fines and fees—came after President Joe Biden (D) called on governors to follow his lead in issuing mass pardons for cannabis possession. “We are truly a nation of second chances, and I have to applaud President Biden for taking the courageous leadership that he did to pardon over 6,000 folks,” Brown said. “He understands, as I think everyone in this room understands, that our criminal justice system is flawed and inequitable, and it’s certainly outdated.” Describing the broader use of executive clemency power as “truly an act of mercy,” the governor pointed out that…

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