The Biden administration has announced a plan to pardon thousands of federal marijuana convictions. On Oct. 6, President Biden wrote on Twitter, “Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives — for conduct that is legal in many states. That’s before you address the clear racial disparities around prosecution and conviction. Today, we begin to right these wrongs.”
While Biden did not decriminalize cannabis, the pardons cleared those convicted on federal charges of simple possession. Approximately 6,500 people were convicted of simple possession between 1992 and 2021. The pardons also include people convicted under District of Columbia drug laws.