As the Biden administration continues to focus on criminal justice reform, President Joe Biden is expanding clemency for marijuana offenses in the nation’s capital. On Monday, Biden granted pardons for more than 15 marijuana offenses, all of which had occurred in the District of Columbia. The president’s new clemency expands on an executive order that Biden issued in February for similar offenses. His original order included pardons for eight individuals who had been convicted in the District of Columbia for offenses such as possession and cultivation of marijuana. The new pardons cover a variety of marijuana offenses, including distribution, manufacturing, possession, and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia. Legal records show that the majority of the pardoned individuals, nine out of fifteen, were convicted for possession (with intent to distribute). The remaining six were pardoned for other offenses, such as possession with intent to sell, cultivation, and distribution. In addition to these individual pardons, the White House also announced that they will be expanding the scope of their clemency initiatives to include the full range of marijuana offenses in the District of Columbia. This means that more individuals who have been convicted of these offenses in the nation’s capital may be eligible to receive clemency in the future. This is an important move by the Biden administration, as it signals a shift away from the aggressive criminalization of marijuana offenses which has characterized much of the nation’s drug policy for decades. The expansion of clemency for marijuana matters in the District of Columbia may encourage other states to take similar actions, and stand as an example of progress being made towards reforming America’s outdated drug laws. The clemency orders are part of the Biden administration’s broader effort to focus on criminal justice reform and reduce the nation’s federal prison population. These clemency actions come after the signing of the First Step Act, a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that aims to reduce recidivism and provide additional resources for those incarcerated. Expanding clemency for marijuana offenses in the nation’s capital is another significant step in the right direction. As the Biden administration continues to pursue progressive policies, these clemency pardons may further the effort to reform our nation’s outdated drug laws and create a more just and equitable criminal justice system.