Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Friday, January 31, 2014

Clemency for federal medical marijuana offenders?

As Doug has been following at Sentencing Law and Policy, earlier this week Deputy Attorney General James Cole called on attorneys to help bring more drug clemency applicaitons before the administration.  

The comments seem targeted primarily at federal inmates serving mandatory minimum drug sentences--particularly crack offenders sentenced before the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act.  But another area immediately comes to mind: federal medical marijuana inmates.  

Americans for Safe Access (on whose board I serve) has an online petition up urging the President to grant clemency to federal medical marijuana offenders--medical marijuana caregivers who were acting in compliance with their state's law but were subjected to federal prosecutions.  Hopefully the administration will give serious consideration to this group as it considers drug clemency applications.

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I agree. This is a mess. Take a look at this case.
We petition President Obama to grant the Petition for Commutation of Sentence filed with the U.S. Attorney General on behalf of Matt Davies who is serving a 5-year sentence in a federal prison. Matt was a California medical marijuana dispensary owner that was convicted of possession, cultivation and sales of medical marijuana that is illegal under federal law but legal under California law. They need 100k signatures this March!

Posted by: David Lucht | Feb 19, 2015 8:04:49 AM

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