President Biden has injected a long-held policy dream of fellow Democrats into the final stretch of the midterm elections, announcing pardons for anyone convicted of a federal crime for possessing marijuana, and urging governors to do the same.
The pardons would affect about 6,500 people, and thousands more in the District of Columbia. The president also directed his administration to expedite a review of whether marijuana should continue to be listed in the same legal category reserved for the most dangerous drugs, including heroin, LSD and ecstasy.
Reclassifying marijuana could end decades of misalignment between federal laws banning the substance and a growing patchwork of state laws that permit it.
Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for loosening drug laws, said many people have been eagerly awaiting this type of announcement.
“The Democrats have put cannabis reform on their party docket and everyone is waiting for them to come…
This article was written by Azi Paybarah and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com