President Biden tells voters he's keeping his promise on cannabis

President Joe Biden is rallying young people ahead of next month’s elections, in part by highlighting his recent move to pardon Americans who’ve committed federal cannabis possession offenses. But the White House also said it doesn’t have any update to share on the timeline for the next steps on the president’s actions.

During a pre-midterm speech, the president touted progress on a number of policy issues since he took office and made the case to young voters that the administration would be better positioned to build on that momentum by expanding the Democratic majority in Congress.

“I’m keeping my promise that no one should be in jail merely for using or possessing cannabis,” Biden said, eliciting applause from the audience. “You should not be in jail.”

The White House has been tracking polling on the president’s popular pardon proclamation and directive for an administrative review of cannabis scheduling, and those surveys have consistently shown that young adults are strongly in favor of the action.

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