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Latest selections from the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons concerning Governor Tom Wolf’s much-hyped Marijuana Pardon Undertaking point out that the initiative will profit many fewer folks than beforehand anticipated. 

Whereas Gov. Wolf mentioned he hoped to supply “1000’s of Pennsylvanians” an opportunity to clear their information of minor marijuana costs, final week, the Board of Pardons voted to advance the functions of simply 231 of the roughly 2,600 people who utilized for clemency.

Solely standalone costs for possession of a small quantity of marijuana had been eligible for pardon, which means people with prior costs of any sort weren’t eligible. The venture ran just for the month of September and is not open to candidates.

Reportedly, the board acquired functions from 66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, together with 212 from Allegheny County, though native protection lawyer and marijuana advocate Patrick Nightingale says nobody in Allegheny County was even eligible for a pardon based on the parameters of this system.

“There is no such thing as a one in Allegheny County who has been convicted of a standalone ‘small quantity’ cost,” he tells Pittsburgh Metropolis Paper in an electronic mail.

“A small quantity cost nearly invariably additionally comes with a paraphernalia cost,” Nightingale tells CBS. “So when you’ve got marijuana in a baggie, they cost you for the weed. They cost you for the baggie as paraphernalia.”

When officers introduced this system earlier this fall, Nightingale says he “did not suppose the venture would have a lot influence as a result of more often than not a small quantity is accompanied by a paraphernalia cost, and paraphernalia wasn’t eligible.”

Celeste Trusty, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, tells Metropolis Paper in an electronic mail that the Board of Pardons deliberately excluded paraphernalia costs from the pardon venture however declined to say why.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll see swift motion round marijuana legalization by our Common Meeting through the upcoming legislative session,” Trusty says in her assertion. “In addition to a renewed dedication by the incoming administration to work towards expanded entry to clemency and cleared information for thus many individuals who proceed to be hindered by prison information for marijuana use.”

A spokesperson for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has not but responded to a request for remark.

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