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Harris Poll: 81% Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana In America

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It seems like every week there is a poll that shows overwhelming support for marijuana reform, especially for medical marijuana reform. Marijuana is medicine, proven by the virtually endless supply of studies and personal testimonies. More and more Americans have either used, or no someone that has used, marijuana for medical purposes everyday, which is taking away the stigma. A new Harris poll was released earlier this month, which found overwhelming support for marijuana legalization in America. Below are some of the highlights of the poll results:

Currently, four in five adults (81%) favor legalizing marijuana for medical use, up from 2011 when three quarters of Americans (74%) indicated the same.  Meanwhile, half of Americans are supportive of legalizing marijuana for recreational use (49%), up from the two fifths (42%) who felt that way in 2011.

Nearly nine in ten Democrats and Independents are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical treatment (87% & 86%, respectively) and over half support recreational use (58% & 55%, respectively)

While a majority – albeit a slimmer one – of Republicans also support the legalization medical marijuana (69% support, 23% oppose), a similar majority opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use (27% support, 65% oppose).

As for who should be making the big legalization decision, 44% favor each state resolving the issue for itself, while 35% favor a single law handed down by the federal government.

When asked about the effects legalizing marijuana might have, expectations have not changed much since 2011.  Then and now, three quarters of adults (75%) expect tax revenues will increase post legalization.

This poll will no doubt be followed by many more polls that show the same, or more favorable, results. But just because 81% support medical marijuana legalization, doesn’t mean that all 81% agree on the same form of medical marijuana legalization. I’d be curious to know how many support dispensaries, or the right to home cultivation, or what conditions and ailments would qualify to use medical marijuana.

  • newageblues

    The ignorant/bigoted alcohol supremacists who are opposed to medicinal marijuana (only 13% in this poll) are committing a crime against humanity, a crime against science, and a crime against democracy.Well done, piglets.

    There is still some real ignorance showing in this poll regarding cannabis. 68% said driving under the influence of cannabis and alcohol are equally dangerous. Fortunately for everyone, that is very far from the reality.

    • Ted Mishler

      Good points, I drive best when I am feeling best, and have never had a car accident, or bicycle accident since I began toking in the early 90’s

      • SilentPatriot

        I’ve been road-trippin’ across the country, from WA to FL and back. =)

  • Lydia/one2the92the82the5

    The anti-marijuana lobby has at least another decade stronghold on this plant and it’s DEA drug scheduling, then Monsanto and the Pharmaceutical companies will have their way.

  • PhDScientist

    The President needs to take the lead and ask the attorney general to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 immediately,

    • Lydia/one2the92the82the5

      His children would probably die in unexplained accidents if he did.

  • The truth

    Good to see Repugnantcans actually pull their head out of their ass and Favor MMJ by 69%. Not sure what their hang up is regarding recreational use, but they are usually the last ones to see the truth. Nixon and Reagan really did a number on this country regarding cannabis. It’s taken 40 years to get to this point. What a tremendous waste of time, money, resources, and lives, but hey…we’re getting there.

  • Flower

    Here is a link to a wonderful article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/marijuana/sides-text

    I really like this quote: ” ‘… for we may well discover that cannabinoids are involved in some way in all human diseases.’ “

  • Marijuana should have never been made illegal in the first place. Marijuana being illegal is more about control and money than anything else. Its hard to control people who are starting to question your motives.. The government job is to enforce what the people want not to go against them. With that being said step down and legalize today because we smoking anyway 420 http://www.naturesgiftunlocked.com

  • CannabisRadio.com

    You’re the problem with forwarding legalization in America. Hope you like bracelets.

  • CannabisRadio.com

    By the way, love the blog! Keep up the great work.