08.31.2016
policy

Obama Commutes 111, Including Deadhead Acid Casualty

The President is like a human get-out-of-jail-free card.

United States President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 111 people incarcerated in the federal prison system, most for drug offenses. The President has granted a total of 673 clemencies during his administration so far, with indications of more to come.

From NPR:

"At our current pace, we are confident that we will be able to review and make a recommendation to the president on every single drug petition we currently have," Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates said.

Obama’s latest executive dismissals included the life term handed out in 1994 to Timothy Tyler, a Grateful Dead fan who was committed under a “third strike” clause to life in prison for having sold LSD and weed in 1992 to a friend and fellow Deadhead who was moonlighting as a police snitch.

There is a sense around the KINDLAND offices that Obama’s application of retroactive common-sense to criminalized drug users is the President’s last-ditch attempt to win approval to guest edit our lovely marijuana culture site. Nice try, Barack, and we appreciate the gesture, but our decision is final.

Also not fully pleased with the President’s commutations? Pesky drug activists.

From The Daily Chronic:

President Obama has been pushed to do more to release those serving time in prison under harsh drug laws.
“The President is doing the right thing, but we hope to see many more commutations,” said Michael Collins, deputy director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. ” We also need Congress to Act. Paul Ryan has promised a vote on the sentencing reform bill in September, and Mitch McConnell must do the same.”

Don’t worry, Michael Collins. President Obama will do the right thing. He has his kids to think about.

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