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The US state of Maryland will quash 175,000 convictions for marijuana use issued in current many years, Governor Wes Moore introduced in an interview with the Washington Post. Maryland's first black Democratic governor advised the American newspaper that he intends to “rectify a large number of historical wrongs” by signing this pardon.

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Rights denied

About 100,000 folks could have convictions for possessing or smoking a drug that’s now authorized within the state and broadly used disappear from their legal data. According to Moore, many individuals – most of whom belong to ethnic minorities – are nonetheless denied jobs, housing or entry to schooling as a consequence of earlier convictions for hashish possession.

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The 2023 referendum

Maryland, a state of six million inhabitants on the japanese coast of the USA, has legalized the leisure use and retail sale of marijuana with a referendum in 2023. According to state Attorney General Anthony Brown, the pardon applies to all these convicted of possession of marijuana however “disproportionately positively affects” the black inhabitants. The Washington Post factors out that African Americans signify 33% of Maryland's inhabitants however 70% of the folks incarcerated within the state.

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