A March Towards Change Gov. Gavin Newsom Pardon Marijuana Offender from a Conviction in 1998.
By M.W White Radt Editor
Despite Governor Gavin Christopher Newsom's controversies, he is still hard at work for the people of California.
While in office, Governor Newsom has granted a total of 72 pardons, 79 commutations, and 20 reprieves; and one of those offenders was Dan Dogan.
On made May,28,2021 Governor Gavin Nelson made an executive decision to pardon marijuana offender Don Dogan.
Mr. Dogan says his life has been hindered far too long for smuggling a drug called cannabis from the Mexican border in 1998 and this is a big accomplishment.
Furthermore, a lot of law officials have the executive power to pardon worthy candidates.
For example, former President Trump granted 237 acts of clemency during his four years in the White House, including 143 pardons and 94 commutations; which are said to be the fewest clemency in the U.S presidency. However 12 were marijuana offenders.
On October 6, 1998, 20-year-old Mr. Dogan was convicted in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, of selling or transporting marijuana and possessing marijuana for sale. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 120 days in jail.
According to law and Governor Newsom's philosophy, a pardon may remove counterproductive barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction, such as deportation and permanent family separation. A pardon does not expunge or erase a conviction.
Thus this 22 year old offense still impacts his life regardless of loosening of marijuana laws explain pardon offender Dan Dogan in a sit-down interview with NBC 7’s by Omari Fleming reports.
Although a pardon does not expunge or erase convictions, things are looking up for the Romania immigrant and his family are happy that criminal record is now a thing of the past.
Why Stories like Dogan Matters?
Don Dogan is one of the hundreds of thousands people have non-violent marijuana offenses that have been a hold-up on their progression. Regardless, overall 43% of U.S. adults now live in a jurisdiction that has legalized the recreational use of marijuana at the local level, according to 2019 population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.
As people's views changes concerning cannabis and people start to see this plant as benefit more. Maybe more Governors will be inclined to pardon these frivolous non-existent crimes.
For example, Richard DeLisi, who was sentenced in 1989 to 90 years in prison for conspiring to traffic more than 100 pounds of cannabis into the U.S. from Jamaica, was only released last year due to the pandemic.
Yet according to a poll by Gallup survey conducted in spring 2019, Americans who favor legalization are most likely to point to the drug’s perceived medical benefits or to say it would free up law enforcement to focus on other types of crime; 86% and 70%, respectively, say these are very important reasons for their support.
Therefore, how soon do you think United States will release all marijuana offenders?