Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) said President Joe Biden’s announcement of a marijuana pardon should be “praised,” but the action nonetheless is too limited because it excludes non-citizens who make up the vast majority of federal tenure cases.
During an interview with Pod Save America that aired Tuesday, the congressman stressed the importance of a Democratic party that proactively supports Latino communities, including the immigrant population. Part of that means enacting blanket policies, which have been a missing ingredient in the president’s mass amnesty for cannabis.
The Democratic Party did not try in terms of Latino voters. And I mean, where’s our dream law? Where is the reform of our immigration system? “And even recently with President Biden’s marijuana executive order, I get a lot of credit that he went there, but he excused people if they were convicted and they were undocumented,” she said.
That’s 90 percent. “We’re looking at the vast majority of people who have been convicted who might benefit from this pardon, and who have issues with their status,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “We really need to step up our campaigning efforts as well as our governance efforts.”
According to the US Committee on Judgment Report As of 2016, 92 percent of federal marijuana possession cases in fiscal year 2013 occurred on the southern US border, and 94 percent of those people were not US citizens. These statistics have changed from year to year, but nonetheless they speak of a broader trend in federal enforcement.
“I see these conversations, and they’re difficult because on the other hand, they don’t have any concern about having an anti-immigrant message, but I think we’re afraid of that,” the congresswoman said. “This division prevents a clear message from appearing, and this lack of clarity makes it difficult to win over people.”
Similarly, Ocasio-Cortez drew attention to people with citizenship status issues who were left behind in the president’s cannabis pardon order earlier this month.
“If the United States recognizes these laws are unfair, we should not discriminate pardons on the basis of citizen status,” the congresswoman wrote on Twitter. “Let’s have that freedom and justice for everyone.”
in addition to, POTUS He should treat all people equally and pardon all convictions of unfair possession, not some.
If the United States recognizes that these laws are unjust, we should not discriminate pardons on the basis of citizen status.
Let’s have that freedom and justice for all
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) October 7, 2022
Impact of Biden’s mass pardon Approximately 6,500 people have committed marijuana possession offenses At the federal level, as well as those who broke the law in Washington, D.C., but activists have argued that It should extend to people like immigrants and those with selling convictions.
Activists with students for the Reasonable Medicines Policy (SSDP), the Last Prisoner Project (LPP) and the DCMJ Protests were held outside the White House on Monday To draw attention to this issue, Biden is calling for the release of 2,800 people currently in federal prison for their marijuana convictions that are not limited to simple possession.
While Biden was promoting the cannabis amnesty measures, saying it had “changed the lives of thousands of people,” he strongly signaled He is unwilling to offer more comfort For those with sales convictions.
He said Friday that he is “keeping on my promise that no one is in prison just for using or possessing marijuana” and that “the records, which keep people from getting jobs and the like, should be completely wiped out. Permanently erased.”
“You can’t sell it,” the president added. “But if it’s just use, you’re completely free.”
Meanwhile, the White House drug czar announced on Monday He once again trumpeted Biden’s “historic” move. To issue a mass amnesty for marijuana and direct an administrative review of the state of drug scheduling. He highlights once again that there are “obvious” medical benefits to cannabis – which he says should not be overlooked due to separate concerns about youth use.
The Department of Justice and HHS have Committed to quickly implement discrete scheduling review The president directed, which could result in a recommendation to put cannabis on a lower schedule or eliminate it entirely, effectively legalizing the plant under federal law.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra . said Officials “will act as quickly as possible” to complete the analysis To schedule cannabis as directed by the President.
For its part, a Department of Justice spokesperson said, “It will promptly administer the President’s Proclamation, which pardons individuals who have simply co-possessed marijuana, and restores political, civil, and other rights to those convicted of this crime.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said officials will work hard to ensure that people who have been granted amnesty for federal marijuana offenses under the presidential proclamation Don’t prevent them from getting jobs in the future.
Vice President Kamala Harris said this month that voters should elect lawmakers who support marijuana reform so that Congress can adopt a “unified approach” to the issue. In light of the President’s pardon for cannabis.
A series of opinion polls have shown that Americans Strongly support the president’s pardonNor do they believe that marijuana should be federally classified as a Schedule I drug.