Biden’s marijuana pardons are a good step, but descheduling marijuana would be a massive step

In Politics by Michael Rae

Last week, President Joe Biden announced some excellent news: The administration is granting pardons to individuals carrying federal convictions of simple possession of marijuana. Simple possession means an individual possessed a small amount reflecting personal use and is a misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $1,000 and can include up to one year of imprisonment. Biden administration officials said around 6,500 individuals had been convicted of federal charges for simple possession since 1992.

Those individuals carrying this conviction on their record face potential barriers to engaging in healthy and productive behaviors, including finding employment, attending college, or securing a home