Gov. Wolf Signs 310 Pardons; 69 as Part of the Expedited Review Program for Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses
Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf late last week signed 310 pardons, 69 of which were part of the Expedited Review Program for Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses, a program introduced by the Board of Pardons and authorized by Lt. Governor John Fetterman in September 2019 to speed up the pardons’ application process for people with nonviolent marijuana possession or paraphernalia convictions.
“These pardons will give these 310 people a chance to put the conviction behind them, offering them more opportunities as they build careers, buy homes, and move on with their lives free of this burden,” Gov. Wolf said. “In particular, the nonviolent marijuana convictions-associated pardons have been expedited to make what was a years-long process now a matter of months.”
In addition to signing the 310 pardons, the governor denied 13 and held six pardons for further review. Since 2015, Gov. Wolf has signed 1,559 pardons, more than any other governor in more than 20 years. Since the inception of the Expedited Review Program for Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses in 2019, the governor has signed 95 related pardons.
“I’m proud to be a partner with Governor Wolf in our historic reinvention of second chances for Pennsylvanians,” Lt.