Good news for about 15,000 convicted marijuana users in Birmingham, Alabama: The mayor has announced plans to expunge the convictions from their records.
Mayor Randall Woodfin says he’s going to issue pardons for residents with minor marijuana convictions on their records – and he’s urging the state of Alabama to do the same. “These pardons are a strong start, but our work is far from done,” Woodfin says. “Join me in telling the State of Alabama to completely decriminalize marijuana.”
SHOULD MOBILE DO THE SAME? Alabama’s largest city will issue automatic blanket pardons for more than 15,000 people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1990. https://t.co/LtT7Fxeemo
— NBC 15 News (@mynbc15) April 21, 2021
Despite Woodfin’s gesture, marijuana possession – regardless of whether it’s for medical reasons — remains illegal in Alabama.
Why would Alabama clear 15,000 marijuana convictions if it’s just going to add new ones? Should marijuana be legalized on a federal level?
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