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.