President Biden announced his plan to grant blanket pardons to those convicted of minor marijuana possession crimes which prompted debate among state governors and representatives as to how or why they should proceed. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been outspoken about Biden’s policies and continues to push back despite contrary opinions among state legislators. Keep reading for more information.
The Biden administration has introduced an initiative to pardon over 6,500 Americans convicted of marijuana possession according to federal drug law. This pardon would not expunge convictions, but it would remove civil penalties and restore the right to vote, sit on a jury, or campaign for public office.
Those who fit the qualifications must get an official certification of pardon from the Attorney General.
The pardon will not only release thousands of people who may have been wrongfully convicted but it would also help to solve prison overcrowding – a problem that has plagued the justice system for decades.
Gov. Greg Abbott has been vocal about his distaste for Biden’s civil and social policies in the past and is staunchly against marijuana pardons of this magnitude. However, other law makers have developed a more forgiving opinion on marijuana use and the punishment of possession.
Many states have legalized marijuana use and/or eliminate some of the harsher penalties. Gov. Abbott has gone on record to state that he would prefer to reduce penalties for low-level offenses than pardon convicted individuals.
In Texas, possession and use of marijuana is illegal, but hemp is officially classified as different from marijuana. Additionally, CBD products are legal, but restricted. Delta-8 THC products are firmly illegal and are punishable similarly to marijuana crimes.
Possession of marijuana is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines up to $2,000. Aggravating factors like a DWI or possession of a firearm may increase the penalties.
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