Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced that he has now pardoned a total of 1,111 cannabis convictions in the state.
On 22 November, the state granted 82 pardons, bringing the total amount of pardons over the 1000 mark.
The pardons have been made following Biden’s announcement in late 2022 that he would be pardoning convictions for simple cannabis possession.
Ever stated: “It continues to be a privilege to hear about individuals’ lives, work, and what they have done to overcome their past mistakes and build positive, rewarding lives for themselves and their families.”
The Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon individuals convicted of a crime. Under Executive Order #30, individuals convicted of a Wisconsin felony may apply for a pardon if they completed their sentence at least five years ago and have no pending criminal charges.
Individuals currently required to register on the sex offender registry are ineligible for a pardon. Executive Order #130 established an expedited review process for applications that meet stricter criteria, including a greater length of time elapsed since sentence completion and nonviolent nature of the offenses.