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Poll: Republicans Out of Step with Americans When it Comes to Marijuana

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Are Republicans out of step with Americans when it comes to marijuana? That is what a new national poll taken by Quinnipiac University finds.

According to the data, fifty percent of voters say the plant should be made legal in the U.S.

They asked three marijuana-related questions:

  1. Would you support or oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana?
  2. Do you support or oppose allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
  3. Would you support or oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana?

A majority of Republicans are opposed (61 percent), and about half of voters over the age of 65 are opposed (51 percent). Every other party, gender, education, age and racial group listed supports legalized marijuana.

A whopping 93 percent of voters support legalized marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor, the poll finds.

Those polled also fall on the side of supporting medical marijuana, as 71 percent agree – the government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use.

It’s important to note that those polled in every demo support this position demonstrating that Republicans are out of step when it comes to marijuana.

It’s to be expected that 80 percent of Democrats don’t want federal law interfering with states rights, but a majority of Republicans polled also agree with the position – 55 percent of Republicans, to be precise. I

72 percent of those who identify politically as Independents  agree, as well as almost a third of the men (73 percent), followed by a slightly less number of supporters of the female side (69 percent).

Overall, the poll finds American voters oppose several key proposals by President Donald Trump and/or Republicans in Congress, ranging from across the board tax cuts to oil pipelines to the wall on the Mexican border – and the issue of marijuana.

According to Massroots, the last marijuana-related Quinnipiac poll in America was back when only four states had cannabis reform. This past Election Day, eight states became rec-legal, and three others approved medical marijuana programs – bringing the total number of medical states to 28.

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