Joe Biden pardons cannabis prisoners

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New federal measures on cannabis

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, took out the a statement yesterday announcing three steps aimed at improving the country's relationship with cannabis, the first of which is to pardon all federal marijuana possession prisoners.

This is due to the fact that the USA has a strong tradition of autonomy on the part of its states and this is how in states such as Texas or Washington cannabis is legal, while in the vast majority it was totally prohibited.

As a second step, the president urges all governors to replicate this decision, arguing that just as there should not be prisoners in federal prisons for marijuana possession, there should not be prisoners in state or local jails.

In the final step, it directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General's Office to re-evaluate the legal status of cannabis, a first step towards federal regulation and legalization of cannabis in the US.

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Global trend

The president closed the statement strongly, saying that "too many lives have been changed because of our failed approach to marijuana. It is time to right these wrongs."

This is the first time in the history of the United States that the government has launched a federal measure in favor of cannabis. This adds to a global trend, such as the legalization of cannabis in Thailand, where cannabis is gradually making its way towards legality, ending taboos that have been dragging on for years.

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