President Joe Biden on Thursday pardoned thousands of people convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law. Biden also is urging governors to take similar steps related to state marijuana possession charges.

Biden’s move is a fundamental change in the nation’s response to a drug that has been at the center of a clash between culture and policing for more than a half-century, The New York Times writes.

Federal pardons, which will go to about 6,500 people, don’t apply to those who were convicted of selling or distributing marijuana. The administration also said it would review whether marijuana should be in the same legal category as drugs like LSD or heroin.

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Voting open for Charleston’s City Paper Music Awards. Charleston City Paper‘s annual City Paper Music Awards kicked off Thursday with voting open until Oct. 27 for your favorite area musicians.

FBI warns of suspected fraud during Hurricane Ian. The FBI Columbia field office has warned that potential scammers may be on the rise amid Hurricane Ian. According to the FBI, scammers take advantage of those affected by natural disasters, posing as relief organizations or contractors offering repair services.

Riverfront Revival to debut in North Charleston. Darius Rucker’s inaugural Riverfront Revival musical festival is set for this weekend. The two-day festival will feature 18 local and regional acts.

Cunningham, state GOP trade blows. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham compared incumbent GOP Gov. Henry McMaster to a chicken for not wanting to debate more than once. Meanwhile, the state’s GOP has questioned Cunningham’s finances.

Veterans to get services instead of jail time in Charleston. Charleston County Council recently approved a new $210,000 grant to provide veterans with resources and services instead of serving jail time if they committed a crime. A liaison will provide services like mental health and drug and alcohol treatment to Veterans.

Charleston’s bowling alley building sells.The building housing The Alley in downtown Charleston recently sold for $10 million. The purchase is expected not to affect The Alley’s operations.

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