The Department of Cannabis Control celebrates yesterday’s historic announcement made by President Biden to pardon federal convictions for simple cannabis possession and review the federal classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act.
These are important and significant steps toward repairing the harms of the failed War on Drugs. As state workers who have spent hundreds of hours talking with licensees, including legacy operators impacted by the failed criminalization of cannabis, we welcome what we hope represents a turning point in history.
States like California have led the nation in pursuing cannabis decriminalization, expungements, and regulatory approaches rooted in equity, sustainability and safety. Central to this approach are protections for consumers, youth and the environment; intentional reinvestment into communities harmed by the War on Drugs; expansion of public health programs; and funding to accelerate research into cannabis.
Our full statement can be found here: https://cannabis.ca.gov/
As the federal government re-examines its approach to cannabis, we offer our support and extensive experience to ensure federal efforts build upon and enhance those pioneered by states. We are grateful for Governor Newsom’s leadership on this issue and will continue working with partners on policies that uplift communities and support a an equitable, sustainable, and safe regulated cannabis market.