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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:

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

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