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06/10/2022

Governor Lamont’s Statement on President Biden’s Action to Grant Federal Pardons for Simple Possession of Marijuana

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont released the following statement regarding the announcement made today by President Joe Biden that he grants clemency to all Americans who have been convicted under federal law of the misdemeanor of simple possession of marijuana:

“For decades, the criminalization of cannabis has caused injustice and created disparities across our country while doing little to protect public health and safety. I commend President Biden for acknowledging this injustice and taking action today at the federal level to right some of the wrongs that have happened in the United States for far too long. At its core, the War on Cannabis has been a war against people from black and brown communities who have been targeted by these laws at much higher rates and whose lives have been affected for the worse, not only by the imprisonment but also for life. criminal records that affect the ability to obtain meaningful employment.

“Last year, I enacted a series of actions to legalize and safely regulate adult cannabis use in Connecticut. Not only does it legalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis for adults in over 21, but it also includes a provision that automatically expunges certain cannabis-related convictions under state law, which will make a difference in the lives of affected individuals and communities across our state. Additionally, this law allows the retail sale of cannabis in a well-regulated system that is set to launch in the coming months and will require some revenue generated from these sales to support economic opportunities for the communities that have been the hardest hit by the war on drugs.

“Having an unregulated cannabis market hasn’t worked. I’m glad that as a nation we recognize the impact these laws have had and are taking steps to move beyond and correct this terrible time. incarceration and injustice.

The set of reforms that Governor Lamont signed into law in 2021 legalizing and safely regulating cannabis for adult use and erasing certain cannabis-related convictions is Public Law 21-1 (June Special Session). For a summary of this package, Click here.

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