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    Oregon Governor Takes Lead on Marijuana Pardons

    Oregon Governor Takes Lead on Marijuana Pardons

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that the state is about to pardon 47,144 people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuanabecoming the first governor of the country to take this measure.

    The pardons announced by the governor, who is one month away from finishing her term, include the forgiveness of about $14 million in associated fines.

    According to Brown’s office, the pardons only apply to those convicted of possessing no more than 1 ounce of marijuana before 2016, when Oregon legalized recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older. Medical marijuana was legalized by a ballot measure passed by Oregonians in late 1998.

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    In addition, the pardons apply to 47,144 cases in which marijuana possession was the only charge and in which there were no fatalities.

    “I am taking steps to right the wrongs of a flawed, inequitable, and outdated criminal justice system in Oregon when it comes to personal possession of marijuana. For the estimated 45,000 people who are receiving a pardon for prior state marijuana possession convictions, this action will help alleviate the collateral consequences that arise from these convictions,” the governor said.

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    Despite the pardons, the measure will not lead to any release from prison, because there are no people behind bars in Oregon for possession of marijuana, but it will make it easier for those with a conviction for possession of dinner on their record to get a job, find housing or benefit from educational and training opportunities that might have excluded them.

    “No one deserves to forever carry the impacts of a conviction for simple possession of marijuana, a crime that is no longer on the books in Oregon. Oregonians should never face housing insecurity, employment barriers, and educational obstacles as a result of doing something that is now completely legal. and has been for years. My forgiveness will remove these difficulties,” Brown said.

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    Source: La Opinion

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