Obama Pardons and Commutes Sentences for Marijuana and Crack

President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an illegal gambling business.

And he issued his first commutation, ordering the release of a woman next month after serving 10 years on a 22-year sentence for cocaine distribution.

The actions mark Obama’s third set of pardons. He pardoned eight people earlier this year, and issued nine pardons in December 2010.

None of those pardoned was well-known, as was the case with the president’s previous orders. The cases date back to 1984, when Martin Kaprelian of Park Ridge, Ill., was sentenced to nine years in prison for conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce, and other related charges.

Obama commuted the 2001 prison sentence of Eugenia Marie Jennings of Alton, Ill. Jennings was convicted in 2001 for distributing cocaine, and sentenced to 22 years in prison. The president ordered her to be released next month, but kept intact her eight years of supervised release.

Others who received pardons:

— Lesley Claywood Berry Jr. of Loretto, Ky., sentenced in 1988 to three years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

— Dennis George Bulin of Wesley Chapel, Fla., sentenced in 1987 to five years of probation and a $20,000 fine for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

— Ricky Dale Collett of Annville, Ky., sentenced in 2002 to one year of probation for aiding and abetting in the manufacture of 61 marijuana plants.

— Thomas Paul Ledford of Jonesborough, Tenn., sentenced in 1995 to one year of probation for conducting and directing an illegal gambling business.

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– Article from The Washington Post.



  1. lokie on

    Ok so go ahead and vote back in Republican dumbasses who favor rich racist trust fund babies. If you don’t make over a million dollars a year after taxes why are you a republican? Are preventing gays from marrying and inbred rape babies from being born that important to your bottom line?

  2. Bud Grinder on

    He can kiss my white ass, too.

  3. Anonymous on

    Obama is a failed POS and he can kiss my black ass.

  4. Bhonze on

    WOW! And Marc sold seeds! He must have sold the seeds that grew the marijuana that sent all those people to prison in the first place. Impeach OBAMA!!!