Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct factual information.

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on Thursday to KUT, an Austin media outlet, commenting on the recent decision by President Biden to pardon prior federal simple weed convictions, in a move that could set the stage for decriminalizing the drug at the federal level.

According to previous reports on MyHighPlains.com, Biden said Thursday that he will order his administration to review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. This could make it easier for those convicted of federal weed possession charges to get a job or access other services. He also encouraged governors to pardon low-level marijuana convictions, most of which occur at the state level.  

Eze said in a statement that the “Texas governor could only pardon offenders who received a recommendation for a pardon and also have been through the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.”

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