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“Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives — for conduct that is legal in many states,” Mr. Biden said on Twitter on Thursday. “That’s before you address the clear racial disparities around prosecution and conviction. Today, we begin to right these wrongs.”
— President Joe Biden

Clemency Now

Clemency is a mechanism for granting a person convicted of a criminal offense relief from a court-ordered sentence or punitive measure. A pardon exempts a convicted individual from any remaining punishment or future consequences stemming from a conviction.

Clemency for Craig Cesal - Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana

Craig Cesal got arrested for participating in a marijuana conspiracy and sentenced to life in prison with no parole despite having no criminal history. Cesal was granted clemency and is now helping others who face a similar fate.

NBC News

​​Biden pardons marijuana offenses, calls for review of federal law

The president will also be urging governors to do the same for cases regarding state offenses of civil possession of marijuana.


States that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, as of October 2022.
People convicted of simple possession between 1992 and 2021.


The Second Chance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides relief through individualized and categorial clemency petitions, coordinated advocacy for those petitions, and assistance with robust reentry plans for people incarcerated on marijuana offenses, in coordination with guidance from the Office of the Pardon Attorney and the White House.

It is founded by Craig Cesal, who was sentenced to Life in prison for a marijuana offense before he received clemency under President Trump. He and co-founder Huma Rashid, the attorney that wrote his clemency petition and also won clemency for 7 other former prisoners, have teamed up to bring powerful advocacy and support for those who remain behind bars for a plant that is now legal in much of the United States.

Craig Cesal

Director of Advocacy and Senior Clemency Case Manager

Huma Rashid, Esq.

Director of Clemency