President Joe Biden has pardoned more marijuana-related offenses in the nation’s capital, expanding on the list of clemency actions he announced earlier this year.
This week, the Justice Department announced that 35 individuals had been granted pardons for offenses related to marijuana possession committed in Washington, D.C. The pardons were coupled with the commutation of six sentences for marijuana-related offenses in D.C.
The pardons and commutations come as part of a broader clemency initiative that Biden announced in February, which included the blanket pardons of almost 1,700 individuals and nearly 100 commutations associated with marijuana-related offenses nationwide.
A statement from the White House said the president was “committed to continuing to issue more pardons and commutations, including those related to marijuana offenses, to ensure that clemency is available to those most in need of it.”
The clemency actions by Biden stand in sharp contrast to his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who barely used his clemency powers in favor of marijuana-related convictions.