New Iowa Poll: 59% Back Legalizing Medical Marijuana

IOWA: Most Iowans support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, a new Iowa Poll shows.

But if proponents predict that Iowans soon will support allowing recreational use of the drug, you should ask what they’ve been smoking.

Iowans’ views on the subject haven’t shifted in the past year, even as marijuana legalization campaigns have gained momentum elsewhere.

A significant majority — 59 percent — of Iowa adults support making the drug legal for medical purposes, while 37 percent oppose the idea, the new poll shows. Those are about the same as findings from an Iowa Poll taken a year ago in February.