Representatives Blumenauer and Lee name on President Biden to apologize for federal hashish crimes – MJNews Community
DISTRICT COLOMBIA: Today US officials Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chairs of the Cannabis Caucus of Congress, led 35 lawmakers to call on President Joe Biden to grant the executive grace use to pardon convicted federal cannabis offenses.
“By the day Congress sends you a marijuana reform bill for signature, you will have a unique ability to advance criminal justice reform and provide immediate aid to thousands of Americans,” the legislature wrote in a letter to the President. “We urge you to grant executive grace to all non-violent cannabis offenders.”
Stressing that discriminatory cannabis policies have perpetuated systemic racism in America for decades, the legislature cited a 2020 report by the ACLU that found that blacks were 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession despite comparable use rates are called whites.
“During your previous tenure in the White House, President Obama understood that decades of strict and discriminatory federal drug laws have unfairly trapped minorities and communities in cycles of desperation. So he used the tools of justice to grant mercy to 1,927 people convicted of federal crimes, ”lawmakers continued. “Your government has the power to build on that legacy by granting a general pardon to all former federal non-violent cannabis offenders in the US and re-convicting anyone who remains detained for federal non-violent cannabis-only offenses activity now legal under state laws. “
In their letter to President Biden on Thursday, lawmakers also stated that their request is not a partisan issue. Every president since George HW Bush has exercised his pardon for cannabis offenses.
This legislative push comes after Americans in five other states overwhelmingly voted to liberalize their cannabis policies during the November elections and the U.S. House of Representatives took the historic step of passing the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Eradication Bill in December (MORE) goodbye.
“President Biden’s leadership in pardoning nonviolent marijuana offenders at the federal level would provide evidence of a down payment on his campaign promise to prioritize criminal justice reform and to encourage similar, equitable action in an impartial manner across the country,” said Justin, political director by NORML Strekal. Shortly after President Biden was elected, the House of Representatives voted to end the federal marijuana ban. In a new legislature, President Biden should follow suit and provide immediate relief to those who continue to have a criminal record for a federal nonviolent marijuana offense. We are very grateful for the leadership of the cannabis caucus, particularly Representatives Barbara Lee and Earl Blumenauer, who tirelessly lead this ongoing, but hopefully soon-to-be-concluded battle for marijuana justice across the country. “
In addition to Blumenauer and Lee, the letter was signed by the Chairman of the Justice Committee of the House of Representatives, Jerry Nadler, and representatives Nydia Velázquez, Adriano Espaillat, Bonnie Watson Coleman, James McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, Jesús “Chuy” García, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rashida Tlaib. Danny K. Davis, Alan Lowenthal, Alcee Hastings, David Trone, Mark Pocan, Carolyn Maloney, Peter Welch, Dwight Evans, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Jared Huffman, Pramila Jayapal, Ed Perlmutter, Mondaire Jones, Zoe Lofgren, Ro Khanna, J. Luis Correa, Brenda Lawrence, Charlie Crist, Dean Phillips, Jamaal Bowman, Steven Horsford, Henry Hank Johnson, Jake Auchincloss, Raúl Grijalva and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A PDF copy of the letter is available Here.