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Biden praises another state for wiping marijuana records after presidential pardons

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President Joe Biden is encouraging another statewide action to clear marijuana conviction records after his own presidential pardon, praising Connecticut for taking action to provide relief to those incriminated for cannabis use. He similarly expressed his approval after Oregon’s governor pardoned tens of thousands of cannabis users last month.

On Wednesday, the president said it was “great news for Connecticut families affected by the failure of our nation’s approach to marijuana” after Gov. Ned Lamont (D) announced that the state would automatically wipe the records of low-level marijuana records for thousands of people at the start of the new year.

“No one should be jailed simply for possession of marijuana,” Biden said.

Other White House officials, including the country’s drug czar and a Biden administration liaison, also promoted the development of a marijuana amnesty in Connecticut on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to see @GovNedLamont take this action in Connecticut,” said Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Rahul Gupta on Wednesday. “POTUS has pardoned all federal offenses of low-level marijuana possession and called on governors to take similar action.”

A White House spokesperson said separately that the Connecticut governor was following “Biden’s call for states to follow in his footsteps in pardoning marijuana.”

The president separately expressed his support after the governor of Oregon Moved to grant tens of thousands of cannabis amnesties late last month. Biden said other states should “follow Oregon’s lead.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) has since called cannabis clemency as “very much a case of racial justice”.

Governors from states across the United States They gave mixed responses about their plans For a marijuana pardon in light of the president’s call to action, with some vowing to analyze their options and others noting their power is limited.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) I came out to support the decriminalization of marijuana In October, he said it was time to “end the stigma” and announce steps he has taken to independently explore his options for granting relief to people with existing convictions.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D), meanwhile, Signing two marijuana-related executive orders Last month: one to protect patients who meet certain criteria and possess medical cannabis legally obtained from dispensaries in other states, and the other to regulate the sale of Delta-8-THC products. The transfer of medical cannabis is based on the clemency powers of the governor.

Back in Connecticut, Lamont has long supported legalization and celebrated the policy change being actively implemented. For example, share a clip of a country song June with lyrics that say something cool about Connecticut. is that “it’s nice to smoke some pot” Since the governor signed the ratification bill.

Before signing the reform law, Lamont was asked if he himself would have participated when marijuana was officially legal—He did not rule it outsaying “Not now, but we’ll see.”

Meanwhile, the governor also signed into law a broad budget bill in May that includes provisions for state creation to supply some patients Obtaining anaesthetic-assisted treatment Using substances like MDMA and psilocybin.

At the federal level, the Biden administration has appeared increasingly willing to side with the popularity of marijuana reform since the president pardoned and issued an administrative review of federal cannabis scheduling.

For example, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra this week He tweeted a link to an article about his marijuana moment who discusses the file of the president Recent administrative guidance for scheduling cannabis. He posted it at 4:20 PM ET.

“We’re going to take a look at what the science tells us and what the evidence tells us,” Becerra said Great track record of supporting cannabis reform As a congressman and as California’s attorney general, he said at a recent overdose prevention event. “That will guide what we do — and hopefully that will guide what the federal government does.”

After the president pardoned the cannabis and announced the scheduling, the secretary said that the department will “run as fast as it can” for scientific review. And the He has already discussed this issue With the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to this end.

Separately, the White House drug czar recently said that the president’s action was “historic”, He added that there are “clear” medical benefits to cannabis.

Like HHS, the Department of Justice has done likewise Committed to executing discrete scheduling review quickly The president’s directive, which could result in a recommendation to put cannabis on a lower schedule or eliminate it altogether, effectively legalizing the plant under federal law.

President also formally He signed the Marijuana Research Bill into law Last week, he made history by enacting the first independent piece of federal cannabis reform legislation in US history.

A series of opinion polls have shown that Americans She strongly supports the President’s decision to pardonNor do they believe marijuana should be federally classified as a Schedule I drug.

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