Cannabis Law Newsletter – October 14, 2022

In today’s HK Cannabis Law Newsletter, we present articles discussing President Biden’s pardon of persons convicted of simple cannabis possession under federal law, the Department of Justice’s procedures for obtaining a certificate of pardon, California’s expanded efforts to address the unregulated cannabis operations, and more!


  • President Joe Biden has issued pardons for all persons charged and/or convicted of Federal cannabis (simple) possession charges in a major move towards federal decriminalization;

  • The Department of Justice has published a guide for those seeking more information regarding President Biden’s pardons, including how to obtain a Certificate of Pardon for simple cannabis possession offenses;

  • Recent polls have confirmed that a majority of voters support pardons of federal cannabis convictions, and a greater percentage support federal decriminalization;

  • California’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, has announced that he will expand efforts to crack down on black market cannabis operations, following the seizure of one-million illicit plants in 2022 alone; and

  • Representative Jared Huffman of California has introduced the Small and Homestead Independent Producers (SHIP) Act in the House of Representatives that would allow interstate direct-to-consumer cannabis sales nationwide.

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