Joe Biden added in his statement that cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug, “the same as heroin and LSD, and more serious than fentanyl. It makes no sense.”
He called on the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to review how cannabis is scheduled under federal law. While the 6,500 individuals with simple possession were pardoned today, thousands more were also pardoned under the District of Columbia.
However, the pardons only apply to individuals who were legally in the United States and were U.S. citizens when they were convicted. Although thousands of voices still need to be heard and justice needs to be served, Biden’s move today marks a milestone in our fight to decriminalize cannabis and grant all of our people pardons at long last.
Individuals pardoned today will rightfully reclaim their civil and political rights, people who were “denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result” of simple marijuana possession, said Biden. He declared that today’s mass pardon “will remove this burden on them.”