Biden Signs Equity-Focused Executive Order That Touts Marijuana Clemency Actions, Calling Criminalization A ‘Failed Approach’
Published February 17, 2023
By Kyle Jaeger
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President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Thursday that touts the administration’s efforts to address the “failed approach” on federal marijuana policy.
The executive order doesn’t specifically build on any administrative cannabis reforms; rather it’s focused on promoting equity within federal agencies and the White House. But the president took the opportunity to connect the issue back to his marijuana actions.
Biden issued a mass pardon for people with non-violent federal cannabis possession convictions late last year and directed a multi-agency review into marijuana scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).