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Just 23 per cent of Americans say President Joe Biden has made good on promise to advance cannabis decriminalization

Jan 24, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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“This inaction on modest cannabis policy reforms over the past year is inexcusable and is a betrayal of the people that put the president in office.”

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Less than a quarter of respondents to a new poll say U.S. President Joe Biden has made solid progress on decriminalizing cannabis in his first year in office.


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The new survey from YouGov and The Economist asked people how they thought the president was doing on six campaign promises, including cannabis.

Asked about his performance on decriminalizing cannabis, the percentages were less than complimentary. As part of the survey, 1,500 Americans provided their input between Jan. 15 and 18.

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Just seven per cent of the individuals polled reported that Biden had done “a lot,” 16 per cent respond “some,” 15 per cent indicated “only a little,” 39 per cent suggested “none” and 23 per cent were “not sure.”

Those indicating little has been achieved on the cannabis front compares to 58 per cent of respondents voicing their support of decriminalizing marijuana, compared to 25 per cent who noted they were opposed and 17 who said they were not sure, notes information from YouGov.

And it appears that the president’s past performance has inspired little confidence that the issue will be advanced this year.

Asked how much progress people think Biden will make on the related campaign promises in 2022, a total of 16 per cent of those surveyed responded either “a lot” or “some.” Those percentages were dwarfed by the 11 per cent who responded “only a little” or the 44 per cent who indicated “none.”


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The message was about that dire when people were asked how things are in the U.S. today. Just 23 per cent indicated the country is generally headed in the right direction, 64 per cent said it was on the wrong track and 13 per cent noted they were not sure.

According to Benzinga, the only issue ranking lower for progress than weed decriminalization was securing bipartisan collaboration in Congress for economic relief.

“This inaction on modest cannabis policy reforms over the past year is inexcusable and is a betrayal of the people that put the president in office,” Morgan Fox, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, reportedly told Marijuana Moment.

A Gallup poll released late last year, however, showed the majority of people in the U.S. were more sure when it comes to cannabis. Respondents were also looking at going beyond decriminalization to legalization.

Gallup reported last November that 68 per cent of polled respondents reported supporting the legalization of marijuana.

And just last fall, Democratic senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren teamed up to ask that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland use his authority to have the Department of Justice remove cannabis from the federal controlled substances list.

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