Senators Call on Biden to Fulfill His Campaign
Promises to Reverse America’s Broken Cannabis Policies
Washington (November 10, 2021) – United States Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth
Warren (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter urging President
Joseph R. Biden to use his executive authority to pardon all individuals
convicted of federal non-violent cannabis offenses.
America’s cannabis policies have long punished
Black and Brown communities, and these policies are increasingly out of step
with the views of the American public:
- Nearly 7 in
10 Americans believe that
cannabis should be legalized.
states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use,
all in the past decade.
states—ranging from New York to North Dakota—plus D.C. have decriminalized the possession of small amounts
states, three territories, and D.C. have allowed for
the medical use of cannabis.
- A number of
tribal governments have legalized cannabis for various purposes.
As a candidate for President,
President Biden argued
“we should decriminalize marijuana” and “everyone [with a marijuana record]
should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.”
President Biden has the authority to pardon broad classes of Americans to
correct widespread injustice, as previous Presidents have done.
“Our country’s cannabis policies must be completely
overhauled, but you have the power to act now: you can and should issue a
blanket pardon for all non-violent federal cannabis offenses, fulfilling your
promises to the American people and transforming the lives of tens of thousands
Americans,” the senators
wrote. “We urge you to act swiftly on behalf of the countless Americans
punished by the country’s senseless cannabis laws."
A copy of the letter can be found HERE
Early last month, Senators Warren and Cory Booker
General Merrick Garland of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to decriminalize
cannabis by removing the drug from the Federal controlled substances