Should prisoners serving time for marijuana-related crimes be released? | The Tylt

Should prisoners serving time for marijuana-related crimes be released?

As marijuana is increasingly decriminalized, social justice advocates are asking why people convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses are still in jail. The United States is one of just 22 nations that doesn't give "retroactive ameliorative relief," or relaxation of sentences, for those convicted of an offense that is later decriminalized. Hardliners like Attorney General Jeff Sessions oppose cannabis legalization, milder sentencing and pardons for pot users and sellers. Should weed prisoners be freed?

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In 2016, 653,249 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses—89 percent of whom were arrested for possession. That's more than half a million people, yet a 2017 report estimates that 123,000 Americans are now working full-time in the cannabis industry. So some Americans are profiting immensely from businesses built through the legalization of cannabis while othersdisproportionately people of colorlanguish in jail for smoking pot. Critics say the system makes no sense and is wildly unjust. 

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More than 26 states have made cannabis use legal in some form. Shouldn't we release those in jail who broke laws we've now reformed?

There’s...debate about the fate of nonviolent offenders currently incarcerated for weed crimes in states where recreational marijuana is now legal. Some marijuana advocates support the idea of state pardons for offenders incarcerated for such crimes as more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana.
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But others say if people knowingly broke the law and were convicted of a crime, they need to serve their time.

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Should prisoners serving time for marijuana-related crimes be released?
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