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|Arlington, Va. – Today Americans for Prosperity (AFP) praised the Biden Administration’s move to pardon thousands of individuals convicted of federal cannabis offenses.
AFP Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Brent Gardner issued the following statement after the administration announced the pardons and directed the Attorney General and Department of Health and Human Services to review cannabis’s status as a controlled substance:
“The Biden Administration’s move to pardon thousands of individuals with records for simple cannabis possession is a welcome first step in addressing the overcriminalization of cannabis. Too many Americans have had their lives upended for simply possessing cannabis.
“However, more needs to be done. We should prioritize criminal justice system resources on protecting life, liberty, and property, not incarcerating people who are not a threat to public safety.”
“Congress must act to end prohibition. Such legislation has already been introduced in the shape of Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R-SC) States Reform Act, which would de-schedule cannabis at the federal level and allow law enforcement to shift its focus to preventing violent crime.
“We are hopeful that the president’s actions today represent an embrace of broader reforms, and encourage him to support congressional action on Rep. Mace’s legislation.”
AFP has been engaged in efforts to reform outdated cannabis laws as part of its ongoing efforts to reform America’s criminal justice system while ensuring public safety.
Americans for Prosperity supports the States Reform Act because:
By establishing a modern regulatory framework, the bill will ensure that new entrepreneurs and small businesses can compete on a level playing field with large companies.
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