Regulatory Update: Congress Asks Biden To Pardon Cannabis Offenses; California, Pennsylvania, Malta

Congress Members Ask President Biden To Pardon Federal Offenses

Thirty-seven members of Congress have issued a letter to President Joe Biden, asking for a blanket pardon to those with federal nonviolent cannabis-related offenses. (h/t NORML)

The letter was first signed by Congressional co-chairs Barbara Lee and Earl Blumenauer, who led the initiative.

The lawmakers wrote:

  • “During your previous tenure at the White House, President Obama understood that decades of harsh and discriminatory federal drug laws unfairly trapped minority individuals and communities in cycles of despair. That is why he used the tools of justice to grant clemency for 1,927 individuals convicted of federal crimes. Most of these individuals had been convicted on drug charges and would not have been sentenced so harshly, if at all, under today’s standards.”
  • “During your campaign, you committed that you would “automatically expunge all past marijuana convictions for use and possession.” Therefore, we urge you to grant executive clemency for all non-violent cannabis offenders. We look forward to working with you and the incoming Attorney General on quickly making this a reality.”

It is estimated there are millions the U.S. citizens with cannabis-related arrests and criminal convictions, many of whom are very young, or a part of a minority group.

California Bill Proposes Legalization Of Specific Psychedelics

A new Senate bill that proposes the legalization of possession of specific psychedelics in California was presented on Wednesday.

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