Wisconsin Governor Issues Dozens of Marijuana Pardons

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) announced this week that he’s issuing dozens of additional pardons to those convicted for marijuana-related charges.

Governor Evers announced that he has issued 82 to new pardons, the majority going to people convicted for drug-related charges, and many of those for simple marijuana possession.

“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,” said Gov. Evers.

Those issued a pardon include Joshua Haus , who “was in his late teens when marijuana was found in his residence. Now residing out of state, Haus has obtained a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, became an ordained pastor, and is an active volunteer in his community.”

Another pardon is Christopher Henry, who “was in his mid-30s when he was found in possession of marijuana. Now over two decades later, Henry has completed coursework toward a degree in forestry and volunteers with a local softball league.”

Raul Garcia Jr. “was in his late teens when he was found in possession of marijuana. Almost a decade later, Garcia has maintained steady employment and is a dedicated father and husband.”

You can find a full list of those pardoned by clicking here.

The Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon individuals convicted of a crime. A pardon is an official act of forgiveness that restores rights lost when someone is convicted of a felony, including the right to serve on a jury, hold public office, and hold certain professional licenses. A pardon does not expunge court records.

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. 

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