Biden administration makes good on one marijuana-policy promise

In a move that could signal the Biden Administration’s commitment to federally rescheduling of marijuana, the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for pardons from individuals convicted of or charged with simple MJ possession in federal or District of Columbia courts.

The DOJ made the announcement nearly five months after President Joe Biden on Oct. 6 called for such pardons as well as a review of marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

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Friday’s announcement is the Biden administration’s latest tangible move on marijuana policy reform and follows a near-unprecedented series of friendly public statements about the drug.

On March 1, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland told a Senate committee that the DOJ is “working on a (review) of marijuana policy” at the federal level.

Garland said the agency could ultimately issue a policy document “very close to what was

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