I’ve seen past internal campaign polling showing that a lot of voters weren’t too high on expunging old cannabis convictions, even though a strong majority supported legalization. The dichotomy always seemed really strange to me and it didn’t make sense. I’ve also been proud to work on successfully passing bipartisan expungement legislation in Oregon, without many voters expressing outrage or punishing the politicians leading the legislative work. Now, just after Gallup’s poll showing that an all-time record of 68% of American voters support ending cannabis prohibition, a supermajority now favor expunging old, outdated and harmful convictions, as Marijuana Moment reported:
The YouGov survey, which was released on Tuesday and involved 7,141 participants, asked whether U.S. adults “support or oppose expunging marijuana-related convictions for non-violent offenders?”
Seventy percent of respondents said they favor the policy, with 46 percent strongly supporting it. There was majority back among every demographic surveyed, including political ideologies, regions of the U.S., age, gender and income level.
Eighty-one percent of Democrats back expungements, compared to 57 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of independents.
It is great to see voters coming around on expunging old cannabis convictions with supermajority support. Ending the Drug War includes doing what we can to eliminate past harms. Getting rid of a scarlet letter that prevents job and housing opportunities while increasing unneeded stigma, is one step in our journey towards true freedom.