November 21, 2022

Wyden Statement on Clemency for Oregon Marijuana Offenses

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on today’s announcement that Governor Brown will pardon Oregonians convicted of simple possession of marijuana:

"Pardoning simple possession in Oregon is absolutely necessary to repair the damage done by the failed War on Drugs. It is the proper use of a governor’s clemency powers and I hope that every governor and state legislature will follow suit. The American people have consistently shown overwhelming support for expungement and reform of our marijuana laws. It is time for Congress to step up and begin to right these wrongs at the federal level. As we approach the end of this Congress, I will continue to push for meaningful cannabis reform, and will fight to get as much done as we possibly can."