AOC calls to pardon illegal immigrants convicted of marijuana possession

The far-left congresswoman rallied behind Joe Biden's announcement and made further calls to decriminalize undocumented immigrants who commit this federal crime.

Last Thursday, Joe Biden announced that he will pardon all those convicted of marijuana possession. Now, far-left Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has shown her support for the president's proclamation by adding that illegal immigrants should also be pardoned for committing this federal crime.

On her Twitter account, AOC demanded that all those illegal immigrants who are in prison for marijuana possession be released:

Previously, the socialist AOC praised Joe Biden's announcement and pointed out that these are "unjust convictions that haunt lives."

Biden and marijuana

On his Twitter account, President Joe Biden confirmed that he will decriminalize all those who committed crimes for marijuana consumption or possession:

As I have said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana. I’m pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. There are thousands of people who were previously convicted of simple possession who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My pardon will remove this burden.

In addition, the president has asked all governors to support his pardon:

I’m calling on governors to pardon simple state marijuana possession offenses. Just as no one should be in a federal prison solely for possessing marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either.

Finally, Joe Biden asked that marijuana not be put on the same level as heroin and that fentanyl also be considered more serious than marijuana. He has called for a review of the current federal marijuana law:

We classify marijuana at the same level as heroin – and more serious than fentanyl. It makes no sense. I’m asking @SecBecerra and the Attorney General to initiate the process of reviewing how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.

"End this stigma"

North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, revealed that he is one of the proponents for fully legalizing marijuana. At a meeting last Friday, the Democratic governor called to decriminalize marijuana posession:

Conviction of simple possession can mar people's records for life and maybe even prevent them from getting a job. The General Assembly didn't pass your recommendations on this last session, but I believe they should. North Carolina should take steps to end this stigma.