See below for some great news – President Biden announcing historic marijuana reform measures, including:
- “a pardon of all prior Federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana.”
- “urging all Governors to do the same with regard to state offenses. Just as no one should be in a Federal prison solely due to the possession of marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either.”
- Third, I am asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to initiate the administrative process to review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. Federal law currently classifies marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the classification meant for the most dangerous substances. This is the same schedule as for heroin and LSD, and even higher than the classification of fentanyl and methamphetamine – the drugs that are driving our overdose epidemic.
- “Finally, even as federal and state regulation of marijuana changes, important limitations on trafficking, marketing, and under-age sales should stay in place.”
As President Biden correctly points out, “too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana,” and it’s time to “right these wrongs.” Also, see below for some reactions from Virginian elected officials and candidates as they come in…
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 6, 2022