WASHINGTON, DC – In a statement to The New York Post, President Biden confirmed his administration is “working on” plans to fulfil a campaign promise to free prisoners incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes, Marijuana Moment reports.
“I don’t think anyone should be in prison for the use of marijuana,” the President said to reporters after stepping off Marine One at the White House. “We’re working on a crime bill now,” he continued. However, it is unclear what bill he was speaking of.
This comment coming on the heels of numbers requests to use his executive authority from marijuana reform advocates and lawmakers alike. Many of which are pressing Biden to issue mass pardons for those incarcerated for non-violent crimes.
Although the president granted clemency to 78 people in April, the action still falls very short of a mass pardon.
Frustration with the Biden administration has grown with cannabis advocates. The administration, and Biden himself, have received about a dozen letters form those affected by criminalization.
Despite Biden’s recent comments, there is still no specific time frame to expect any action.