California Governor Jerry Brown has given a full and unconditional pardon to 127 individuals. 93 of these pardons are for drug-related crimes, many of which are for possessing, cultivating or distributing cannabis.
Each of those pardoned had “exhibited good moral character” and “lived an honest and upright life”, according to a statement released by Governor Brown’s office. “Pardons are not granted unless they are earned,” said a message from Brown’s office announcing the pardons.
Among those pardoned is 65 year old Rober Akers, who was sentenced in 1968 for selling cannabis.
The 127 pardons given by Governor Brown trumps the entire of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who only gave out 16 pardons between 2003 and 2010. Governor Brown distributed just 11 pardons in 2011, before increasing that number to 128 in 2012.
The additional 34 pardons were related to crimes such as theft, and a woman shooting her boyfriend with a pellet gun.