As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, many Americans are nonetheless incarcerated for offenses associated to the drug — however 12 of them acquired last-minute pardons or sentence commutations from President Donald Trump early Wednesday morning.
The clemency for the marijuana offenders came amid a wave of Inauguration Day pardons and commutations, together with many with shut ties to the president equivalent to his former marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Stephen Bannon, a former aide who performed a function in Trump’s 2016 victory.
Under the president’s clemency energy, he can grant reprieves, pardons, amnesties, remissions, and commutations for federal crimes, although he has no clemency energy over state degree convictions.
The defendants, some of whom had been serving life sentences, largely had their sentences commuted slightly than receiving full pardons — that means their sentences had been ended or diminished whereas their conviction nonetheless stands. Some of them got here from states the place marijuana is authorized.
One one who did obtain a full pardon is Lynn Barney of Utah, who had already been launched from jail after serving 35 months for possessing a firearm, after a prior conviction for distributing marijuana. The White House described him as a “model citizen” devoted to his work and youngsters. [Read more at Yahoo! Finance]