Survey: More Than Seven In Ten Practicing Physicians Back Medical Marijuana Option

NEW YORK: More than seven in ten practicing physicians support allowing qualified patients the option to use cannabis therapeutically, according to survey data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

New York University investigators surveyed the attitudes of practicing physicians in New York State. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that cannabis ought to be legal for medical purposes, and 76 percent acknowledged having patients who reported using marijuana for symptomatic relief at some point in their lives. Eighty-four percent of respondents said that they believed that opioids posed greater risks to patients’ health than cannabis.

The statewide findings are consistent with those of a 2014 nationwide WebMD survey of over 1,500 doctors which reported that a majority of physicians endorse the use of medical cannabis.


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

New Gallup Poll Finds Record Support For Making Marijuana Legal In U.S. – 64%

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record level of 64%, up from 60% last year and 50% in 2011.

This year’s national survey shows the greatest approval for ending marijuana prohibition in the history of the study, and the first time that a majority of those who identify as Republicans support making marijuana legal (51%).

Voters in eight states have passed initiatives regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol, and marijuana is legal for adults in the nation’s capital. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve a bill through its legislature that would have made marijuana legal for adults before being vetoed by the governor.

Advocates in Michigan are expected to qualify an initiative for the ballot next year that would regulate marijuana for adults, and at least 18 states are expected to have legalization bills introduced during their 2018 legislative sessions.

New Poll: Nearly Six In Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana “Makes Societies Better”

MASSACHUSETTS: Nearly six in ten voters ages 18 and older believe that “legalizing marijuana makes societies better,” according to the results of a nationwide Harvard-Harris poll.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents answered the question affirmatively. Forty-three percent of respondents said that marijuana legalization makes societies “worse.”

Only 14 percent of poll respondents believe that cannabis should not be legal for either medical or social use.

Seventy-two percent of those polled say that those convicted of marijuana possession offenses in non-legal states should not face jail time.

A nationally representative sample of 2,032 registered voters participated in the poll.

Marijuana Will Probably Be Legal In Most Of The Country By 2020

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Today, for the first time ever, Gallup reports that a solid majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana.I’ve drawn my own chart of Gallup’s data because I think their chart doesn’t really give a good sense of just how quickly public opinion on this is changing. [Read more…]

For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. And now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized. This is in sharp contrast to the time Gallup first asked the question in 1969, when only 12% favored legalization. [Read more…]

New Poll Finds Strong Backing To Legalize, Tax Marijuana In Texas

TEXAS: The pendulum has really swung out there in Texas on the questions of medical marijuana and treating possession of the weed as a fine-only, civil offense. A new poll released today by the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project found comfortable majority support and nearly a nearly 2-1 margin on both questions. [Read more…]

New Poll Finds Strong Backing To Legalize, Tax Marijuana In Texas

TEXAS: The pendulum has really swung out there in Texas on the questions of medical marijuana and treating possession of the weed as a fine-only, civil offense. A new poll released today by the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project found comfortable majority support and nearly a nearly 2-1 margin on both questions. [Read more…]

As Illinois Rolls Out Medical Marijuana, Little Impact Expected In Wisconsin

WISCONSIN: Drive west out of Beloit on Shirland Avenue, just past the Rock River, and you won’t notice many differences on either side of the road.

Stateline Liquors on the left gives it away; the center line on this part of Shirland Avenue divides more than traffic, it splits Wisconsin and Illinois. [Read more…]