Poll shows Americans largely support Biden’s marijuana pardons
President Biden recently pardoned everyone convicted of simple marijuana possession. But new reporting from Reason says the pardons won’t free a single federal prisoner because none of them are incarcerated. It also says while the pardons may help give approximately 10,000 individuals a clean slate, it represents a tiny percentage of the total convictions because most are at the state level.
Biden says: “You can’t sell it. But if it’s just use, you’re completely free.”
But In a joint letter, 17 drug policy reform groups encouraged President Biden to pardon people convicted of more serious marijuana related crimes.
They called on the President to release a minimum of 100 people in federal prison for cannabis charges out of the 2,800. That includes people who were convicted of intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms.
New polling from Monmouth University reveals Americans largely support the President’s actions.
When asked – Do you approve or disapprove of these pardons? 69% said they approve while 23% said the disapprove.
Respondents were also asked – Overall, do you support or oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
68% said they Support, 26% Oppose, and 6% don’t know.
43% of respondents also said marijuana use isn’t really a problem, while 15% said it’s a very serious problem.
And finally with the midterms around the corner and crime being a major issue for voters around the country – respondents were asked, Do you think legalizing marijuana would impact other drug crimes?
25% said it increase other crimes, 16% said decrease, and 54% said it would have no impact. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan