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Pennsylvania announces a pardon program for small-time marijuana offenses

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a large-scale initiative to pardon those convicted for several marijuana offenses.

People can obtain a pardon this month should they were convicted for just one of two crimes: possession of marijuana or personal usage of cannabis under 30 grams, should they haven’t any other criminal convictions.

I’m focused on doing everything in my own capacity to support Pennsylvanians who’ve been adversely suffering from a marijuana offense on the record, Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, said in a Thursday statement announcing the pardon program.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat who’s running in November for the Senate seat opened by the retirement of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, said in the statement: Nobody ought to be rejected for employment, housing or volunteering at your childs school due to some old nonviolent weed charge.

Mr. Wolf and Mr. Fetterman will work with hawaii Board of Pardons to implement the project.

Many people of Pennsylvania, it had been found, support legalization for marijuana and disagree that should be a genuine crime. So were attempting to do everything we are able to to essentially support second chances for those who are burdened with a criminal conviction, Pennsylvania Board of Pardons Secretary Celeste Trusty told KDKA-TV, a Pittsburgh CBS affiliate.

But Patrick Nightingale, an attorney and marijuana advocate, told the Pittsburgh City Paper he questioned the limits of this program, since it doesnt include convictions for having drug paraphernalia.

It’s been my experience in surrounding counties that paraphernalia is routinely charged when one is charged with a little amount smoking devices, grinders, rolling papers, blunt wrappers. Even the baggie containing the tiny amount is known as paraphernalia under Pennsylvania law, Mr. Nightingale told the Pittsburgh City Paper.

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