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Hartford's inspector general extols the Biden administration's marijuana possession pardon

Marijuana Legalization
Jose Luis Magana
File / Associated Press
A demonstrator waves a flag with cannabis leaves depicted on it during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana outside the White House on April 2, 2016, in Washington. President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.

Saying that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana,” President Joe Biden has pardoned people who were American citizens at the time of their arrest and were subsequently convicted of simple possession under federal marijuana law.

This pardon affects only people convicted of marijuana possession, not those convicted of intending to distribute.

It also applies only to federal convictions, not to convictions under state law.

For his reaction to President Biden’s big move, city of Hartford Inspector General Liam Brennan joined "All Things Considered." He wrote an op-ed in the Connecticut Mirror titled “Divest from the war on drugs.”

In a statement, the president encouraged governors to take similar action in their own states with regard to marijuana possession offenses.

Brennan says Connecticut is ahead of the curve with measures like the recently passed clean slate law and the legalization of adult-use cannabis.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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