Maryland Governor Wes Moore Set to Issue 175,000 Pardons for Marijuana Convictions

Maryland Governor Wes Moore Set to Issue 175,000 Pardons for Marijuana Convictions
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Annapo­lis, MD - In a ground­break­ing move, Mary­land Gov­er­nor Wes Moore is sched­uled to sign an exec­u­tive order on Mon­day, June 17, 2024, to issue 175,000 par­dons for mar­i­jua­na-relat­ed convictions.

The par­dons will for­give low-lev­el pos­ses­sion charges for an esti­mat­ed 100,000 indi­vid­u­als, many of whom are from com­mu­ni­ties of col­or that have been dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly impact­ed by these convictions.

Gov¬≠er¬≠nor Moore empha¬≠sized the impor¬≠tance of this action, stat¬≠ing, ‚ÄúIf you want to be able to cre¬≠ate inclu¬≠sive eco¬≠nom¬≠ic growth, it means you have to start remov¬≠ing these bar¬≠ri¬≠ers that con¬≠tin¬≠ue to dis¬≠pro¬≠por¬≠tion¬≠ate¬≠ly sit on com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ties of color.‚ÄĚ

Mary¬≠land Attor¬≠ney Gen¬≠er¬≠al Antho¬≠ny Brown echoed this sen¬≠ti¬≠ment, describ¬≠ing the par¬≠dons as ‚Äúa racial equi¬≠ty issue‚ÄĚ that is ‚Äúcer¬≠tain¬≠ly long over¬≠due as a nation.‚ÄĚ

Recre­ation­al cannabis was legal­ized in Mary­land in 2023 after a suc­cess­ful vot­er-approved con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment the pre­vi­ous year. This move by Gov­er­nor Moore is part of a nation­wide trend, with 24 states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia now hav­ing legal­ized recre­ation­al marijuana.

The exec­u­tive order sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny is sched­uled to take place on Mon­day morn­ing in the state Capi­tol in Annapo­lis, with Attor­ney Gen­er­al Brown in attendance.

This ground­break­ing action by the Mary­land gov­ern­ment aims to address the long-stand­ing racial dis­par­i­ties in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem and pro­vide a fresh start for those impact­ed by past mar­i­jua­na convictions.

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