THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF PROOF FOR MARIJUANA PARDONS

Application for Marijuanna Pardons from Joe Biden

On Friday, March 3, 2023, the Department of Justice released an application form for people who are umbrellaed under President Biden’s marijuana pardon, to provide proof that they were granted the pardon. 

President Biden’s Marijuana Pardon

On October 6, 2022, President Joe Biden announced a mass wide pardon to people who committed the offense of marijuana possession. 

White House Press Release Marijuana Pardons President Bident 2022

White House Press Release, October 6, 2022

Justice Department’s Statement

The Justice Department stated that “Those who were pardoned on Oct. 6, 2022, are eligible for a certificate of pardon,” …. “Consistent with the proclamation, to be eligible for a certificate, an applicant must have been charged or convicted of simple possession of marijuana in either a federal court or D.C. Superior Court, and the applicant must have been lawfully within the United States at the time of the offense. Similarly, an individual must have been a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident on Oct. 6, 2022.”

Application for Proof of Marijuana Pardon

The form can be found in the link below and may be filled out, mailed, completed, and sent in electronically. 

In a press release on Friday, March 3rd, 2023, Representative Earl Blumenauer (co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus) stated, “This is another small, but critical step with the Biden Administration coming to terms with the new cannabis realities, and taking another step in the right direction.”

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