PA Governor Tom Wolf Announces Program to Pardon Cannabis Convictions

William Davis

The launch of a new program to pardon prior convictions for marijuana offenses was announced on Thursday by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and fellow Democrat Lt. Governor John Fetterman, the party's nominee for U.S. Senate.

According to a statement from the governor's office, the plan, known as the Pennsylvania Marijuana Pardon Project, is a "coordinated effort for a one-time, large-scale pardoning project for people with select minor, non-violent marijuana criminal convictions"

Pennsylvania lawmakers authorized medical marijuana in 2016, but Wolf and Fetterman have long argued for the state's politicians to also legalize recreational cannabis.

After holding town hall meetings in all 67 counties of the state to discuss legalizing in 2019, Fetterman set off on a 98-day tour and found that, according to his estimates, up to 70% of the population still supports marijuana reform.

Wolf said, “I have repeatedly called on our Republican-led General Assembly to support the legalization of adult-use marijuana, but they’ve yet to meet this call for action from myself and Pennsylvanians. Until they do, I am committed to doing everything in my power to support Pennsylvanians who have been adversely affected by a minor marijuana offense on their record.”

The Marijuana Pardon Project application drive was launched by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons on Thursday and will run until Friday, September 30, 2022. People who have been found guilty of one or both of the two specified charges for low-level marijuana possession are eligible for pardons.

Through the one-time initiative, anyone can petition for an expedited pardon online. If more action is required after a person files their application, they will be notified.

Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

The Department of Health's division that oversees medicinal marijuana regulation in Pennsylvania is known as the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. Patients who participate in the program can obtain a certification from a qualified physician that enables them to apply for a Patient ID Card (medical marijuana card).

Patients in the state have secure access to cannabis-based medications because of the medical card. The program also registers medical cannabis businesses that are active in the state. The major objective is to ensure patient care and safety while facilitating access to medicinal cannabis for patients who qualify to use safe and efficient forms of cannabis.

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