Poll: Most Americans Support Biden Pardons & Want State-Level Action

Recent polls found the majority of Americans support President Biden’s move to pardon federal cannabis possession charges and want governors around the country to follow suit per the president’s request.

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A recent YouGov America poll found a 61% majority of Americans in support of President Biden’s move last week to pardon federal convictions related to cannabis possession and personal use. Additionally, 62% of Americans said they would like to see their own governors to follow suit and issue sweeping cannabis pardons at the state level, according to a follow-up question posed by the pollster.

YouGov found that 26% of respondents disapproved of the president’s move to pardon federal cannabis offenses while 13% were uncertain. Meanwhile, 25% of respondents disapproved of the idea of state-level pardons with 14% uncertain.

According to a final follow-up question, 25% of Americans support the current Schedule I status of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act, which is reserved for “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” while 51% said that cannabis should not be considered a Schedule I drug and 24% were unsure.

The polling comes amid historic support for the federal reform of cannabis laws, with another poll released last week recording 60% support nationwide for cannabis legalization.

Nineteen states have already established adult-use cannabis reforms while five more states are set to consider their own legalization proposals this November.

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