January 5, 2017
Marijuana reform and clemency conversations at the state and federal level
Two new lengthy pieces combining news and commentary on the clemency and marijuana fronts further reinforces my view that marijuana reform is a form of sentencing reform. Here are the extended headlines and links to these two interesting reads:
From the Christian Science Monitor here, "Vermont governor pardons 192 marijuana offenders. Will other states do the same?: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin pardoned nearly 200 nonviolent offenders convicted of marijuana possession under the state’s old laws. Will other state executives follow his lead?"
From Politico here, "The Big Statement Obama Could Make On Legalizing Pot: Pardoning a 73-year-old marijuana kingpin would please thousands of voters, but probably not the next attorney general."
January 5, 2017 at 01:31 PM | Permalink
President Obama has granted commutations to 26 marijuana only offenders. Of the 26, seven of them were sentenced to life without parole. The Politico article is interesting but may give the impression that lots of marijuana offenders have been granted commutations.
They mention 3 but only one of them was a marijuana commutation. Les Berry was granted a pardon and Aaron Glasscock was sentenced to 360 months for a cocaine offense.
The 26 commutations granted for marijuana offenses are .0221% of all the commutations granted by President Obama. This is tedious and I would welcome any correction.
Posted by: beth | Jan 5, 2017 4:16:29 PM
Have to correct the % - the number of marijuana commutations is 26. The % of marijuana commutations is 2.1% - Thank's to Mark Osler for correcting the decimal point.
Posted by: beth | Jan 6, 2017 12:55:04 PM