Another pair of recent polls found marijuana legalization has majority and bipartisan support, with most Americans also saying they would be more likely to back politicians who support reform.
Market research firm SSRS found that 69% of Americans support legalizing adult use, while 92% support legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.
When it comes to legalizing adult use, 78% of Democrats, 74% of independents, and 54% of Republicans said they support the policy change.
The SSRS survey – which involved interviews with 1,009 adults from April 1-4, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points – also found that 58% of Americans agree that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.
“Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Regardless of Political Party Affiliation,” Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, mentioned. “At a time when national politics remains extremely polarized, elected officials should come together in a bipartisan fashion to repeal the failed cannabis prohibition policy. It is one of the few political reforms that voters on the right and left can all agree on.
the survey also found that 65% of Americans said they had personally tried cannabis. And 97% of those who have used marijuana support the legalization of medical cannabis, compared to 83% who said they have not tried it.
Meanwhile, a separate poll released by cannabis company Jushi Holdings last week found that 61% of adults aged 21 and over would be more likely to back a political candidate if they supported legalization.
That includes 33% Democrats, 25% Republicans, 24% independents, and 13% people with no political affiliation.
The poll further determined that 76% of respondents supported military veterans’ access to medical cannabis, 68% said they believed the federal government should allow marijuana companies access to the financial system, and the majority also believe that legalization plays an important economic role (62%). and creates quality jobs (57%).
Additionally, 59% of respondents agreed that “cannabis as a whole has a positive impact on society.”
“The results of our first ‘4/20 Cannabis Insights Poll’ are clear, consumer confidence in cannabis is growing as more Americans enter the state-legal market and are exposed to the benefits of state legalization,” Jim Cacioppo, CEO of Jushi, said in a press release.
“With the majority of Americans now living in a state with a medical or adult-oriented program, misconceptions about cannabis are dispelling. The latest data clearly shows that more people are not only embracing cannabis in their own lives, but also see the value it brings to their communities,” he said. “This poll shows that opinions about the factory and legalization are moving in a positive direction, and we believe that this trajectory will only strengthen in the years to come.”
Cannabis information 4/20 Survey involved interviews with 1,100 adults aged 21 and over.
These are just the latest examples of surveys showing that Americans are embracing drug policy reform.
For example, another recent poll found that a strong majority of Americans, including most Republicans, support drug decriminalization. There is also general majority support for allowing the operation of overdose prevention centers where people can use illicit substances in a medically supervised setting and receive treatment resources.
Marijuana policy changes are also popular in Europe, according to another recent survey. The landmark poll found an average of 55% of people in eight major countries in the region support legalization.
Separately, three out of four Republican primary voters in South Carolina say they support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll released last week.
Nearly six in 10 Louisiana voters support legalizing marijuana, another recent poll from the University of New Orleans (UNO) showed.
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