The failed policies of the War on Drugs – including harsh sentences, overcriminalization, and surveillance of Black and Brown communities – have perpetuated racial disparities in the criminal legal system and contributed to mass incarceration for decades. This unjust reality includes countless people locked behind bars or haunted by convictions for marijuana-related offenses across the country. It must end.
President Biden already used his powers of clemency to pardon people with federal convictions of simple marijuana possession – ensuring that thousands of people haunted by a criminal conviction have the possibility of fewer barriers to housing, employment, education, and stability. Governors in states such as Oregon, Illinois, and Pennsylvania have already taken historic steps to provide pardons for marijuana-related convictions. But more still must be done: It's time for more governors to act. Please, join the ACLU in this fight for redemption: Send a message to your governor today and tell them to use their power of clemency to pardon people for marijuana-related offenses under state laws.