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In a historic move in U.S. drug policy, President Joe Biden on Thursday pardoned thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession under federal law. Despite the president urging governors to follow his lead and pardon state possession charges—which vastly outnumber those charged under federal laws— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear that such pardons will not be happening in the Lone Star State.
In a Twitter thread announcing the pardons, Biden called on governors to pardon simple state marijuana offenses. "Just as no one should be in a federal prison for possessing marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either," Biden tweeted. While officials said there are no people now serving time in federal prisons solely for marijuana possession, there are about 6,500 people who have such convictions on their records, which would be cleared, according to the New York Times.
In response to Biden's announcement, Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze issued the following statement: "Texas is not in the habit of taking criminal justice advice from the leader of the defund police party and someone who has overseen a criminal justice system run amuck with cashless bail and a revolving door for violent criminals. The Governor of Texas can only pardon individuals who have been through the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles system with a recommendation for pardon."
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Ariana Garcia, Chron
Oct. 6, 2022Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 1:33 p.m.