Will Joe Biden ever decriminalize cannabis while in office?
A recent investigative study showed that more than half of the United States believed that President Joe Biden would not fulfill some of his campaign promises. It’s about his promises to work on better cannabis reform as he took office. So with this sentiment of many, he will do next to nothing to advance reform in 2022. The YouGov and The Economist poll asked Americans to rate Biden’s execution on six campaign promises.
What had to be done during his first year. And say separately how much progress they think he will make in the new year. Fifty-four percent said Biden had made minimal progress on cannabis decriminalization. Along with that, 23 percent said they didn’t know. Only 23% said he had made progress or a lot of progress on the issue, with some believing Joe Biden had made progress on another issue he felt was a higher priority.
These issues are loan cancellation working on clean energy and infrastructure. In addition to increasing the federal minimum wage and the response to COVID-19. Yet Biden only moved forward on the issue of securing bipartisan cooperation in Congress. It was for economic aid and Biden scored lower than Cannabis Reform.
Cannabis reform has seen no action from Joe Biden
The Democrats were likely going to give Biden brownie points for his advancement on many of these issues. Yet 42% said he had made almost no improvement in decriminalization. However, 73% of those who are Republicans even said Biden had done next to nothing to advance reform. Even if this cohort is less favorable to the proposal as a whole.
Invited separately to anticipate expectations in 2022, pessimism abounds. This led to 58% of respondents saying they expect the president to make no progress on decriminalizing marijuana again. Although he promised voters in the 2020 election. Twenty-six percent said they didn’t know what to expect. Additionally, only 16% said they thought he would make progress or a lot of progress.
The study also asked respondents how they personally viewed each of the campaign promises. Of that number, 58% said they support the decriminalization of marijuana. This compares to 25% who are against cannabis reform.
Final Thoughts on Joe Biden and Cannabis Reform in the United States
Currently, Americans have good reason to be skeptical of Biden’s commitment to fulfilling his marijuana pledges. Excluding decriminalization, he also said during his campaign that he would switch to rescheduling cannabis. In addition to offering clemency to those with federal marijuana convictions. What none of these promises did The YouGov survey involved interviews with 1,500 Americans from January 15-18. The margin of error is ½ percentage point.
While experts say it may not be possible for a president to unilaterally remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Still, Biden has the ability to motivate agencies like the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to initiate cannabis rescheduling.
Yet the study did not ask respondents about leniency for marijuana prisoners. Which is a serious unfulfilled commitment that is incredibly frustrating for defenders. Plus, considering Biden could execute a mass pardon with the stroke of a pen.
Biden has received many letters from lawmakers, lawyers, celebrities. Plus people who have been affected by criminalization. These letters ask Biden to take action on people who remain behind federal bars because of cannabis. After months of inaction, some members of Congress like Senator Elizabeth Warren have even sent follow-up letters demanding a response.
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