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White House Reviewing Marijuana Pardon Certificate Application

Published March 2, 2023

By Tom Angell

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The White House is reviewing a draft application form that people who were covered under President Joe Biden’s mass marijuana pardon can fill out to demonstrate that they were granted clemency.

In October, Biden issued a proclamation granting a pardon to people who have committed cannabis possession offenses under federal law and in Washington, D.C. The relief was automatic, but advocates have pushed officials to provide an application that people can use to obtain certificates showing they are covered. That could be useful for those whose prior convictions are preventing them from obtaining jobs or housing, for example.

A notice set to be published in the Federal Register on Friday from the Office of the Pardon Attorney, under the Department of Justice, describes the new form and the information it requests from applicants:

“The application asks applicants to confirm that the petitioner is U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who was lawfully in the country at the time the marijuana offense occurr