Your questions answered about Biden’s marijuana pardon announcement

The pardon would affect thousands of people, none of whom are known to be in prison or jail

A demonstrator waves a flag with marijuana leaves depicted on it during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana, outside of the White House in 2016. President Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color. (Jose Luis Magana, AP File)

President Biden announced Oct. 6 that he would grant mass pardons for anyone convicted of a federal crime for simple possession of marijuana, a step long sought by advocates as many states are legalizing cannabis for recreational use and reckoning with the reality that criminalization has disproportionately impacted communities of color.

The president also said his administration would expedite a review of whether marijuana should continue to be listed as a Schedule I substance, a classification that also applies to heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

Here’s what to know about his announcement — and who it would impact and how.