Commonwealth Policy Center

Pres. Biden pardoned all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana. While this might sound good, there are two issues with this pardon. People are not being thrown into federal prison for simple possession of marijuana. It’s a misdemeanor. First-time offenders rarely see jail time. Second-time offenders have a mandatory sentence of 15 days in jail, with third-time offenders receiving 90 days mandatory. No one is being thrown into federal prison for simple pot possession. The second problem is that such wide-reaching pardons steps over state authorities and federal law. Pres. Biden should be reminded that in the U.S., we don’t have a king who rules by edict, but we have legislatures that make our collective public policy.