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Biden announces pardon for US marijuana possession convicts

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Governo do presidente democrata vai pressionar estados americanos para que tomem a mesma medida

Government of the Democratic President will pressure American states to take the same measure| Photo: EFE/EPA/Yuri Gripas/ABACA

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, will pardon all those convicted at the federal level for possession of marijuana through an executive order, the White House announced on Thursday (6).

“Sending people to prison simply for possessing marijuana has affected many lives and put people in prison for conduct that is legal in many states. ,” Biden said in a video announcing the decision.

In a phone conversation with journalists, senior US government officials explained that the order will affect those convicted at the federal level, of whom no one is currently incarcerated, but which Biden intends to pressure governors to do the same in the states.

“We estimate that about 6,500 people convicted of marijuana possession at the federal level and 1,000 people in the District of Columbia benefit will not be made aware of this decision”, detailed one of the employees during the call.

Most marijuana possession convictions, however, occur at the state level, which is why the Democratic president’s administration will ask governors across the country to take the same action. .

The announcement is part of a series of executive actions announced by Biden to try to take steps to decriminalize marijuana, one of his electoral promises that, however, was not fulfilled by the lack of agreements in Congress.

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