June 17, 2024

Democrat Governor to Issue Mass Marijuana Pardons

Roughly two years ago, marijuana was legalized in Maryland.

Now, Governor Wes Moore, a Democrat, wants to open up the jail cells, so to speak.

According to reports, he is about to grant 175,000 pardons for marijuana convictions.

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According to the release, roughly 150,000 of those pardons will be for low-level possession charges.

The remainder would be for low-level criminal offenses.

The Governor’s office stated, “The Moore-Miller Administration is committed to promoting social equity and ensuring the fair and equitable administration of justice.

“Because the use and possession of cannabis is no longer illegal in the state, Marylanders should not continue to face barriers to housing, employment, or educational opportunities based on convictions for conduct that is no longer illegal.”

Roughly 25% of those being pardoned are from the city of Baltimore.

The governor’s office did note that none of the pardons will result in anyone's release from prison at this time.

Moore stated, “I’m ecstatic that we have a real opportunity with what I’m signing to right a lot of historical wrongs.

“If you want to be able to create inclusive economic growth, it means you have to start removing these barriers that continue to disproportionately sit on communities of color.”

This is a very polarizing issue, but not so much for low-level offenses.

I think most would agree that someone who was put in jail for 10 years for carrying a dime bag of weed is a bit ridiculous.

My problem, however, is when they pardon the dealers, which I believe is a whole other ballgame.

A dealer is a dealer, in my eyes, especially if they were peddling near schools (several people Biden just pardoned or commuted fell into this category).

I also question the timing of the release, as it will conveniently enable more votes for Democrats in the upcoming election.

I would love to hear all sides of this argument, so please fire away. This is one of the more polarizing subjects regarding prison and justice reform we see today and we would love to know where you guys stand on it.

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