As former President Donald Trump’s tenure came to a close on Jan. 20, 2021, he issued a flurry of executive pardons and commutations with just hours left in office. While the batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations contained a few controversial names, the majority of those who received the 11th-hour pardons and commutations had been championed by criminal justice reform advocates. Of the more than 140 individuals who received clemency from the former president, 12 of them had been incarcerated due to marijuana-related offenses.
The final batch of pardons came after several White House officials and criminal justice reform advocates scrambled for days to finalize the list and convince Trump to approve it. The president’s power of clemency allowed him to issue pardons, amnesties, reprieves and remissions as well as commutations for federally prosecuted crimes. With five more states legalizing marijuana on the November ballot and the House of Representatives passing…
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