Biden’s Drug Offense Pardons, an NFL Player’s Cannabis-Inspired NFT, & NJ’s First Day of Rec. Sales
April 29, 2022 08:00 am ET
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President Joe Biden pardoned some nonviolent drug offenders, NFL player Laremy Tunsil turned a leaked bong video into an NFT, and New Jersey’s first day of recreational sales led to impressive profits.
Let’s dive into this week’s cannanews.
Biden Uses Clemency Powers for Cannabis Justice
President Joe Biden commemorated “Second Chance Month” by using his sweeping clemency powers for the very first time. On Tuesday, the president granted three pardons and commuted the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders.
Biden shared the reasoning for his pardons and commutations in a statement to CNN:
“America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption, and rehabilitation. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle, faith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement leaders agree that our criminal justice system can and should reflect these core values that enable safer and stronger communities.”
Along with this announcement, Biden also unveiled his plans to expand incarceration-to-employment opportunities. As part of Biden’s plans, the Department of Justice and Labor will be setting aside $145 million in funding over the next two years. The money will be used to fund job training and reentry programs.
Next on the president’s docket are plans to craft an executive order that will bring crucial criminal justice revisions.
What do you think about the president’s moves? What changes would you like the Biden administration to make to the criminal justice system? Let us know in the comments!
Laremy Tunsil Turns Infamous Gas Mask Bong Video Into NFT
Back in 2016, then University of Mississippi offensive tackle and projected No. 1 NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil took the most expensive bong hit of his career. A leaked video of Tunsil taking a gas mask bong hit leaked onto the web, causing the tackle to slip to No. 13 in the draft.
In total, the leaked video caused Tunsil to lose around $12.11 million in salary and $8.75 million in signing bonuses. Six years later, Tunsil is ready to put the incident behind him—for a good cause.
On Wednesday, Tunsil announced via Twitter that he would be turning the gas mask video into a 1 of 1 NFT. Tunsil added that a portion of the proceeds from the NFT’s profits will go to the Last Prisoner Project, which supports individuals incarcerated for cannabis offenses.
In the years since Tunsil’s video surfaced, various professional leagues have loosened their cannabis policies. Earlier this year, the NFL pledged $1 million to the study of cannabis’ pain-relieving properties.
What do you think of Tunsil’s NFT? Let us know in the comments!
New Jersey Rakes It in During the First Day of Recreational Sales
After a very long wait, New Jersey finally opened up its recreational market last week. In just one day of sales, the state’s dispensaries drew in over 12,000 customers who spent a total of $1.9 million.
Impressively, New Jersey was able to make all of this money with only 12 participating dispensaries! The 12 dispensaries, to their credit, did not run into any supply issues as New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission had feared for weeks.
With its opening week now out of the way, the state will now focus on granting more dispensary licenses.
What do you think of New Jersey’s big first day? Were you there for this historic moment? Let us know in the comments!
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