Just before he left office, Donald Trump freed more than a dozen federal prisoners who had received sentences ranging from 15 years to life for growing, transporting or distributing marijuana.

Yet President Joe Biden, who during his campaign said “anyone who has a [marijuana] record should be let out of jail” and promised to “broadly use his clemency power for certain non-violent and drug crimes,” is suddenly reticent about following Trump’s example.

While Biden has come a long way since his days as an ardent drug warrior who bragged about the draconian sentences he helped enact, he still has not caught up with most Americans on marijuana policy. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 69% of Americans, including 78% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans, support legalization.

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