The American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH), today expresses its gratitude to President Joe Biden for his landmark proclamation expanding the marijuana pardon initiative.
“President Biden’s expanded marijuana pardon initiative is a testament to the progressive steps that the administration has taken on cannabis policy, and importantly, helps reconcile the long-standing injustices in cannabis-related offenses. This is a historic moment in ongoing efforts to reform cannabis laws and to advocate for responsible and equitable cannabis policies and one in which we hope is a precursor to further federal reform, including the reclassification of cannabis,” said Michael Bronstein, ATACH president.
President Biden’s proclamation not only acknowledges the disproportionate impact of criminal records for marijuana use and possession on employment, housing, and educational opportunities but also addresses the critical need for reform in our nation’s approach to marijuana. Further, the President’s call for state governors to follow in addressing state offenses is a sensible and compassionate effort to ensure consistency and fairness in our justice system at both the state and federal levels. ATACH fully supports these efforts and applauds the governors who have already taken action.
This expanded pardon proclamation, coupled with the ongoing consideration by the DEA to reschedule cannabis following the Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations, demonstrates a thoughtful and progressive approach to cannabis policy. While recognizing that the scope of the pardon does not extend to certain groups, including non-citizens not lawfully present in the U.S. at the time of their offense, this initiative is still a positive step forward.
ATACH remains committed to working alongside the Biden Administration and other stakeholders to continue advancing fair and responsible cannabis legislation and enhancing public safety and wellbeing.