President Joe Biden expressed his support for cannabis reform during his presidential campaign, and now members of Congress are holding him to his word. More than 30 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the president to grant mass clemency to people with federal, nonviolent cannabis convictions. After signing the letter, the 37 members of Congress then headed to Twitter to drum up support for the letter and push the President into action.
Led by Congressional cannabis co-chairs Reps Earl Blumenauer, an outspoken advocate for cannabis reform, and Barbara Lee, the members of Congress want Biden to follow the lead set by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Back in the 1970s, Ford and Carter used their executive authority to offer clemency to more than 10,000 Americans who went abroad to avoid being drafted for the Vietnam War.
The Congressmen noted that cannabis drug reform has been sweeping across states, with more than 30 states now allowing some form of cannabis. They also mentioned the historic vote made last year by the House of Representatives to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. But until Congress sends the president a comprehensive bill that will federally decriminalize cannabis to sign, they say, he can use his presidential powers to help advance criminal justice reform and help thousands of Americans who are currently incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis-related crimes.
The move by the representatives from Congress has been met with support from cannabis reform advocates. Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) has praised them for being brave enough to pressure their party’s president to do something about cannabis prohibition in the country. So how would President Biden pardon Americans with nonviolent marijuana-related convictions?
Back in 1977, President Carter issued a proclamation that outlined the criteria for Americans who had violated the Military Selective Service Act and were eligible for clemency. Individuals who had dodged the draft for the Vietnam War then submitted documents showing that they indeed qualified for clemency and were pardoned. This is what the Congress reps would like the President to do, instead of the individual clemency we’ve seen from past presidents.
The members of Congress noted that Biden had voiced support for certain cannabis reforms during his campaigns. Although he is opposed to creating a legal recreational cannabis market, the president supports automatic expungements for people with nonviolent marijuana-related convictions as well as legalizing cannabis for medical use, rescheduling cannabis, and allowing individual states to craft their own cannabis policies.
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