As Biden Issues A Handful Of New Marijuana And Drug Pardons, Advocates Demand He Release Current Prisoners

As Biden Issues A Handful Of New Marijuana And Drug Pardons, Advocates Demand He Release Current Prisoners
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President Joe Biden granted a half dozen pardons on Friday, including for a handful of people with marijuana or other drug convictions on their records. The end-of-year clemency action follows the mass pardon for Americans who’ve committed federal cannabis possession offenses that the president issued in October. Advocates would welcome any form of presidential relief—and celebrate the formal forgiveness for a few people who were previously convicted of offenses like unknowingly renting housing space to a person growing marijuana, as the White House said was the case for now-pardoned John Dix Nock III. But at the same time, the president continues to face pressure to make good on his campaign pledge to free all currently incarcerated people serving time for federal marijuana crimes. And this latest batch of pardons did not include any of the people still behind bars over the plant. Beside 72-year-old Nock, the president also pardoned 50-year-old Edward Lincoln De Coito III, an Army veteran who was convicted in a marijuana trafficking case in his early 20s. Gary Parks Davis also received a pardon for a decades-old cocaine conviction. Our Administration believes in a criminal justice system that allows for second chances. Today, @POTUS granted six full pardons. These include individuals who honorably served in the U.S. military, volunteer in the community, and overcame domestic abuse. https://t.co/Bqo46Ngnum — Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) December 30, 2022 “This set of pardons includes individuals who honorably served in the U.S. military, volunteer in their communities, and survived domestic abuse,” White House Assistant Press Secretary Abdullah Hasan said. “It also joins the categorical pardon of thousands convicted of simple marijuana possession [Biden] announced earlier this year.” This set of pardons includes individuals who honorably served in the U.S. military, volunteer in their communities, and survived domestic abuse. It also joins…

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