Pennsylvania’s New Governor Pledges To Expand Marijuana Pardons, Including By Promoting Resources In Spanish

Pennsylvania’s New Governor Pledges To Expand Marijuana Pardons, Including By Promoting Resources In Spanish
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The recently sworn-in governor of Pennsylvania says that he intends to prioritize expanding marijuana pardon opportunities, including by promoting resources in Spanish to reach more people with eligible convictions. In an interview with AL DÍA, Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) was asked about the pardon project that launched under his predecessor last year through the state Board of Pardons (BOP). “I want to build on that program. I want to see it continue. And I want to see more people be able to get help to earn a pardon as a result of it,” he said, adding that he felt the initiative was “somewhat confusing for people” when it was rolled out under former Gov. Tom Wolf (D), which contributed to underwhelming clemency results.

“It was hard for people to know if they qualified or not,” Shapiro said in the interview, which was taped ahead of his inauguration and posted last week after he was sworn in. “We need to do a lot more in other languages, other than English, to ensure that everyone has the ability to know that this program exists. We’ll put a lot more out in Spanish to ensure that we’re reaching communities that have oftentimes been left behind in this.” The pardon project that Wolf and then-Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) led ultimately resulted in just over 200 acts of relief for those who applied, even though thousands submitted applications seeking clemency. That said, the prior administration did work proactively in other ways to facilitate relief, and by the end of his tenure, Wolf had about 2,540 total pardons under his belt—the most of any governor in the state’s history—with at least a quarter of those going to people with prior marijuana convictions. Advocates are optimistic that Shapiro, who previously served as the state’s…

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