今回の声明を発表するバイデン大統領(写真:Screen capture of White House Twitter video)





Statement from President Biden on Marijuana Reform


As I often said during my campaign for President, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana. Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit. Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.


Today, I am announcing three steps that I am taking to end this failed approach.


First, I am announcing a pardon of all prior Federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana. I have directed the Attorney General to develop an administrative process for the issuance of certificates of pardon to eligible individuals. There are thousands of people who have prior Federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions.

まず、私は、大麻の単純所持に関する過去の連邦犯罪の前科をすべて恩赦することを発表します。私は、司法長官に恩赦の証明書を発行するための行政手続きを開始するよう指示しました。 大麻所持の連邦犯罪の前科を持つ人は何千人もいて、その結果、雇用や住宅、教育の機会を奪われる可能性があります。 私の行動は、こうした有罪判決から生じる副次的な影響を和らげるのに役立つでしょう。

Second, I am urging all Governors to do the same with regard to state offenses. Just as no one should be in a Federal prison solely due to the possession of marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either.


Third, I am asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to initiate the administrative process to review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. Federal law currently classifies marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the classification meant for the most dangerous substances. This is the same schedule as for heroin and LSD, and even higher than the classification of fentanyl and methamphetamine – the drugs that are driving our overdose epidemic.


Finally, even as federal and state regulation of marijuana changes, important limitations on trafficking, marketing, and under-age sales should stay in place.


Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It’s time that we right these wrongs.



バイデン大統領は、声明発表直後に今回の恩赦の大統領令に署名。(出典:White House Twitter

石井 竜馬


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