Poll: Health Specialists Support Legalizing Cannabis

OREGON: Health professionals support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use, according to survey data compiled by MedScape.

Eighty-two percent of nurses, 82 percent of psychologists, 71 percent of pharmacists, and 67 percent of physicians agreed with the statement, “Medical marijuana should be legalized nationally.” Majorities in each profession also endorsed legalizing the adult use of marijuana.

A 2014 poll by WebMD/Medscape of 1,544 physicians previously reported that 67 percent of doctors believe that the plant should be a legal option for patients. The results of a 2013 survey conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 76 percent of physician respondents supported the use of cannabis for medical purposes.


For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

Latest Fox News Poll Finds Record Support In Favor Of Legalization

NEW YORK: Fifty-nine percent of voters believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Fox News. The percentage marks an eight-point percentage increase since 2015, and is the highest level of support ever reported by the media agency.

Majorities of Democrats (68 percent) and Independents (67 percent) back legalization, but only 46 percent of Republicans endorse reform.

The Fox News results are similar to those of other recent national polls. An October 2017 Gallup pollreported that 64 percent of the public, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, agree that cannabis use should be legal, the highest percentage ever reported by the polling firm. A January 2018 Pew poll determined that 61 percent of Americans back legalization, the highest support level ever reported by the institute.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

Half Of Americans Continue To Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

NEW YORK: As of last month’s elections, four more states voted to decriminalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, bringing the grand total to 8 states that have legalized recreational marijuana (9, including Washington D.C.).  The Harris Poll revisited the topic of legalized marijuana this month and found that, even with more states joining the legalization movement, American sentiments have largely remained the same since last observed in February 2015.

The recent poll revealed that about 8 in 10 adults support the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment (82% 2016; 81% 2015), while half of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use (50%; 49% respectively). Just over 2 in 5 adults (42%) oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, particularly those ages 65 and older (56% oppose).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,054 U.S. adults aged 18+ surveyed online between December 8 and 12, 2016. Complete results of the study can be found here.

Decisions, decisions
Whether or not you believe marijuana should be legalized for any reason, there is a larger question also at hand: who should decide whether or not to legalize the substance, the federal government on behalf of all states or state governments each for themselves?  Just over a third of adults feel the decision should be made at the federal level (35% in 2016 and 2015), but the number who favor the states retaining the right to make this decision has increased from 44% in 2015 to 48% now.

Ch-ch-ch-changes
If marijuana were to be legalized, it has the potential to have implications far beyond a simple change of legality. About seven in ten adults believe that legalized marijuana will lead to increases in tax revenue (71%), the amount of marijuana used (71%), and the number of marijuana users (69%). Meanwhile, about six in ten expect increases in tourism to states where recreational marijuana usage is legal (64%) and greater consistency/standardization of the marijuana used (57%).

Alcohol consumption implications
When it comes to the potential impact of marijuana legalization on alcohol consumption, most regular drinkers (adults ages 21+ who drink alcohol at least several times a year), say that marijuana legalization would not impact their personal consumption of alcoholic beverages.  81% of regular beer and spirit drinkers and 85% of regular wine drinkers say that legalization of marijuana would not impact, or has not impacted (for those states where it has already been legalized), their consumption of alcohol.  Of the balance, more say they will decrease their alcohol consumption than say they will increase their consumption.

However, according to Danny Brager, SVP of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice, “It is very noteworthy that some pockets of consumers – across various age groups, income groups, and gender – responded in much more significant numbers that their consumption of alcohol may be impacted by marijuana legalization. To the extent that some of these consumer demographics are very important to each adult beverage category, marijuana legalization may have some adverse impacts on alcohol consumption.”

 

Poll: Support For Medical Marijuana Grows In Iowa

IOWA:  Iowans are warming to the idea of legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but most of them still don’t want to make it legal for recreational use, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.

According to the poll, 70% of Iowa adults say they favor legalizing the drug for medical uses, the poll finds. That’s up from 59% a year ago and 58% two years ago. However, just 30% of Iowa adults favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a level that is essentially unchanged from the past two years.

Iowa legislators last spring passed a limited medical-cannabis bill that would allow possession of a special marijuana extract for people with severe epilepsy. Legislators were persuaded to approve the proposal after parents repeatedly brought their disabled children to the Statehouse to lobby for the right to try the oil to treat seizures.

Poll: Ohioans Strongly Back Medical Marijuana

OHIO: Ohio voters overwhelmingly back the use of medical marijuana and narrowly support making recreational use of the drug legal, according to poll results released Monday morning.

A Quinnipiac University poll showed 87 percent of voters, including broad backing from every demographic measured, support allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes, compared to just 11 percent who didn’t. A smaller majority — 51 percent — of voters said adults in Ohio should be allowed possess small amounts of the drug for personal use, while 44 percent were opposed to that.

“Ohioans narrowly favor legalizing pot for personal use, with women opposed while men support the idea,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a news release

82% Say U.S. Not Winning War on Drugs

Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe the so-called war on drugs is failing, but they are more divided on how much the United States should be spending on it.

Just four percent (4%) of American Adults believe the United States is winning the war on drugs, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Eighty-two percent (82%) disagree. Another 13% are undecided.

Americans Agree: Marijuana Shouldn't be Criminalized

NEW YORK:  Despite decades of propaganda from marijuana prohibitionists, a majority of the American public has indeed said “enough” to the policies of cannabis criminalization. And no amount of fear-mongering is going to change this fact. [Read more…]