Biden cheers Oregon for following his lead with cannabis pardons

President Joe Biden is cheering the Oregon governor’s move to grant tens of thousands of cannabis pardons this week, which followed his own federal clemency action last month. And he says other states should “follow Oregon’s example.”

Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced on Monday that she was issuing pardons for more than 47,000 cannabis possession convictions at the state-level—an action that comes about a month after Biden pardoned several thousand people who’ve committed federal possession offenses and urged governors to follow suit.

“Oregon is the latest state to pardon all prior offenses of simple cannabis possession, following my pardon of federal offenses and call to Governors to do the same in their states,” the president said in a Twitter post on Tuesday. “It’s time to right our failed approach to cannabis. I urge states to follow Oregon’s example.”

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta also praised the Oregon governor’s move and tied it to the president’s earlier action.

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