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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Biden’s Marijuana Pardons Don’t Apply to Service Members | Military.com

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The White House has stated that members of the U.S. military are not covered by President Joe Biden’s proclamation pardoning thousands of Americans who had been federally charged with simple possession of marijuana.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice, a federal set of laws passed by Congress that applies to active-duty military service personnel and some retirees accepting a pension, was mentioned by a White House official as saying that Biden’s pardon “does not extend to UCMJ offenses.” The pardons, which the White House announced on Thursday and which only apply to marijuana possession charges, affect about 6,500 Americans. None of the recipients is presently incarcerated in a federal facility. The Biden directive would not apply to Americans who had other offenses. The majority of marijuana convictions and sentences, however, take place at the state level. While the president does have the authority to unilaterally amend some punishments under the Manual for Courts-Martial, Congress would be required to make a significant change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 

Source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/10/07/bidens-marijuana-pardons-dont-apply-service-members.html

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