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Imprisoned pot perps use 4/20 to remind Biden of his campaign pledge to release them from jail and expunge their records

Tuesday is a big day for potheads — or marijuana enthusiasts: It’s 4/20, the calendar day marking toke-up time. A number of Mary Jane aficionados are currently in the slammer for weed offenses — many of them as a result of the 1994 crime bill President Joe Biden slapped his name on when he was a senator from Delaware.

Now, hashish hounds stuck in the clink — and their advocates on the outside — are using 4/20 to remind Biden of his campaign pledge to get them out and get their records expunged, the New York Post reported.

What’s this now?

The president received repeated criticism from the left during the 2020 Democratic primaries for his tough-on-crime stance in the 1990s — characterized by his mantra of “Lock the S.O.B.s up” — that led him to help draft and pass legislation that featured a crackdown on drug offenses with increased jail time for perpetrators, including a “three-strikes” provision that mandated life sentences for violent felonies and drug trafficking.

Biden attempted to appease critics on the left by saying he wanted free ganja prisoners and get their records cleared.

“I think we should decriminalize marijuana, period,” he said during the Nov. 20, 2019, Democratic primary debate. “And I think everyone — anyone who has a record should be let out of jail, their records expunged, be completely zeroed out.”

Biden, who has repeatedly claimed that he opposes pot legalization, added, “But I do think it makes sense, based on data, that we should study what the long-term effects are for the use of marijuana. That’s all it is. Number one, everybody gets out, record expunged.”

His campaign website largely echoed those sentiments, though it did say Biden wanted to “decriminalize” pot use:

? Decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions. Biden believes no one should be in jail because of cannabis use. As president, he will decriminalize cannabis use and automatically expunge prior convictions. And, he will support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes, leave decisions regarding legalization for recreational use up to the states, and reschedule cannabis as a schedule II drug so researchers can study its positive and negative impacts.

? End all incarceration for drug use alone and instead divert individuals to drug courts and treatment. Biden believes that no one should be imprisoned for the use of illegal drugs alone. Instead, Biden will require federal courts to divert these individuals to drug courts so they receive treatment to address their substance use disorder. He’ll incentivize states to put the same requirements in place. And, he’ll expand funding for federal, state, and local drug courts. […]

? Use the president’s clemency power to secure the release of individuals facing unduly long sentences for certain non-violent and drug crimes. President Obama used his clemency power more than any of the 10 prior presidents. Biden will continue this tradition and broadly use his clemency power for certain non-violent and drug crimes.

Now marijuana users are pushing Biden to stick to his guns.

Corvain Cooper was jailed for life for pot under the “three strikes” provision, but he was released in January by President Donald Trump. He noted that the drug has been legalized in several states that are now raking in a lot of tax money from weed.

He told the Post, “No one should be serving a long prison sentence over marijuana when states and big corporations are making billions of dollars off of this plant,” adding, “When the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, the president has to step in and fix that.”

Ismael Lira, who, the Post said, was convicted of distributing marijuana imported from Mexico, said in an email to the paper, “I believe President Biden truly sees the harm caused to the community of color, and I also believe President Biden will keep his promise to free all pot prisoners.”

Pedro Moreno was convicted on similar distribution charges and sentenced to life in prison in 2001. According to the Post, he was a first-time offender and is now praying the president “will have mercy on me and my family”:

All I want is to reunite with my children and my grandkids so we can become whole and put my past mistakes to bed. April is second chance month. I pray President Biden will consider me worthy of a second chance so my family can celebrate all the milestones we have missed over the years. I’m truly remorseful for my crime and pledge to devote my life to making up for the past. I promise I won’t need a third chance.

Cooper’s attorney, Patrick Megaro, who successfully got his client released, is putting pressure on Biden:

I would like to see President Biden honor his commitment to criminal justice reform by using the authority given to the president in the Constitution to right the wrongs of the past, especially the results of the 1994 crime bill he sponsored as a senator. I believe President Biden owes it to the people and the families this law negatively impacted.

And clemency advocate Amy Povah is pressuring the Biden-Harris White House to keep its promises, the Post noted.

“It’s time to end the hypocrisy that allows some to rake in millions while others languish in prison even during a historic pandemic,” she said. “Given that both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took strong positions on the campaign trail to free the pot prisoners, decriminalize cannabis and expunge the records of those with cannabis convictions, we are anxiously awaiting to hear whether how that will come about.

“It adds insult to injury that literally millions of people will be celebrating what has become a national holiday for cannabis enthusiasts on April 20th while people serving time for pot continue to languish in prison for engaging in the same activity that is now legal [in many states],” Povah added.

According to the Post, Trump’s First Step Act reduced the “Biden law’s mandatory life sentence for a third serious drug conviction” to 25 years — however, the reduction was not retroactive.

The White House did not respond to the Post’s requests for comment.

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Just 15 days after pot was legalized in Illinois, a man allegedly shot his would-be dealer after she refused to let him smell what she was selling

An Illinois man has been charged with fatally shooting a woman he arranged to buy marijuana from on Facebook after the victim refused to let him smell it, prosecutors say, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The alleged crime took place just 15 days after the recreational sale of marijuana was legalized in the state.

Terrell Vining, 18, was arrested on first-degree murder charges in the shooting that killed Sasha Moore, 20, at a South Side Chicago gas station in January. The two had arranged to meet there to complete the drug deal, according to records from Facebook.

Vining, using the name “Chris Paul,” reportedly contacted Moore on Facebook after she advertised on the social media platform that she had weed to sell. After initially picking a different location, Vining eventually set up the meeting at the gas station on 83rd and Halsted streets.

Surveillance cameras videos showed Vining waiting at a nearby gas station before the meeting, prosecutors said.

Moore, along with her boyfriend, arrived at the gas station shortly after midnight, at which point, Vining stuck his head inside the car and asked to smell the marijuana before purchasing it, authorities said. When Moore refused, Vining allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head.

After the initial gunshot, Moore’s boyfriend was able to reach his foot over to the gas pedal and drive off as Vining reportedly fired two more shots at the car. Moore was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead.

Moore’s boyfriend was able to get away safely and later provided police with Vining’s Facebook account, which contained photos of Vining that he had uploaded. He was also able to identify Vining in a photo array, prosecutors said.

According to an assistant public defender assigned to Vining, the suspect was working part-time and living with his mother while enrolled as a senior at a downtown charter high school.

His next court date is set for March 23.

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A man stabbed his boyfriend multiple times with a samurai sword after he failed to buy him pot, police say

A Ypsilanti, Michigan, man stabbed his partner multiple times with a samurai sword last month after he failed to buy him marijuana, a police report on the incident said, according to MLive.com.

Neil Patrick Wasinski, 28, or “Nalla” — who is listed as a woman in police reports but as a male in court documents — was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest on Jan. 18 after attacking his boyfriend two days prior.

Wasinski reportedly used a 21-inch samurai sword in the attack, striking his boyfriend several times in the abs and torso while the two were in his apartment. He then allegedly chased his boyfriend outside to the parking lot of the apartment complex, bloodied sword still in hand.

Police arrived at the scene at around noon on Jan. 16 where they found the victim soaking the blood from his stab wounds with a towel. He told police that he was attacked after failing to buy his partner marijuana, according to local news outlet MLive.

The victim was rushed to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition having suffered a collapsed lung in the attack. He has since recovered.

Police then obtained a master key to the suspect’s apartment and entered despite his resistance. Wasinski allegedly spat on one of the officers as they apprehended him and took him outside.

According to the police report, Wasinksi claims he was intoxicated during the incident and blacked out after the victim threw him on the ground.

Wasinski is being held in the county jail and is scheduled for sentencing March 17. The intent to murder charge was reportedly dismissed after Wasinski pleaded no contest to the other charges on Feb. 13.

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