Petition: Tell President Biden: Issue Pardons for Marijuana Offenses
In November of 2019, as a candidate for President, Joe Biden said “I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period. And I think everyone – anyone who has a record – should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.”
Yet he has not used the power of the Presidential Pardon to provide relief for a single cannabis conviction.
Sign the petition to demand that President Biden fulfill his campaign promise now!
The text of the petition is as follows:
While running for President, you committed to the American people that you would expunge marijuana convictions.
Yet more than one year into office, you have not taken a single action to provide relief to those still held back by a criminal conviction.
Millions of Americans have been subjected to a marijuana-related arrest and criminal conviction. Branding these individuals as lifelong criminals serves no legitimate society purpose and results in a litany of lost opportunities including the potential loss of employment, housing, voting rights, professional licensing, and student aid.
Further delay is completely unwarranted. The time for action is now.
In November of 2019, you said “I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period. And I think everyone – anyone who has a record – should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.”
This action would be a meaningful step in moving our nation beyond the harms of the senseless and cruel policy of marijuana criminalization and prohibition. Furthermore, this would set a tremendous precedent for state and local leaders to follow in your footsteps and facilitate the expungement of millions of cannabis records that were assigned under state and local criminal codes.
Please, honor your promise and take action to pardon marijuana offenses now.