Marijuana Moment reports
It’s been almost ten months since a coalition of 37 congressional lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to use executive authority to issue mass pardons for people with federal marijuana convictions on their records. Lawmakers are growing impatient, and now they’ve sent a follow-up letter to “urgently request” an update as the holiday season approaches.
Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) wrote to the president last week that many Americans “remain behind bars due to racially discriminatory cannabis policies and continue to accrue criminal fees.”
“To begin rectifying the damage done by these discriminatorily implemented policies and reunite families before the holidays, we reiterate our ask that you use your executive authority to pardon all individuals convicted of nonviolent cannabis offenses, whether formerly or currently incarcerated,” they said. “We further write to specify that all federal criminal fines and fees be cancelled for all nonviolent cannabis offenses.”
Our justice system has failed people with nonviolent cannabis convictions and has wrongfully made them out to be criminals. @RepBarbaraLee, @repblumenauer and I wrote a letter to @POTUS requesting that he pardon these convictions and cancel any related fees or fines. pic.twitter.com/cVW9t3Qffh
— Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) December 7, 2021