Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

Arkansas governor calls move ‘flag of surrender’ in fight against drugs

Activists in favor of removing marijuana from the DEA’s most dangerous drugs list demonstrate behind a line of Hillary Clinton supporters in 2016 before she and then-Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Scranton, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, President Biden said he will pardon those in federal prison for simple possession of marijuana and seek to have it removed from the schedule of illicit substances. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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