Thousands of people charged with federal offenses for marijuana possession may soon be pardoned in the United States.
“This represents a major step in righting the wrongs of the past and amending policies that have negatively impacted so many,” says head of corporate social responsibility at Ayr Wellness Inc, Khari Edwards.
Drug offenses in the United States can render the prosecuted unable to find future employment, housing, and educational opportunities. President Joe Biden hopes his executive action will help to relieve such consequences. Roughly 6,500 people could soon be affected by the President’s pardon.
“Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It’s time that we right these wrongs,” says Biden. He has also initiated a review of how the drug is classified in the nation.