63% of Americans Believe “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”

Sixty-three percent of US voters believe that “marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” according to survey data released today by Quinnipiac University. The percentage is the highest support level ever reported in a nationwide Quinnipiac poll.

The result is similar to those of other recent national polls, such as surveys by CBS News, Gallup, and Fox News.

“Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long failed experiment with marijuana criminalization,” said Justin Strekal, NORML’s Political Director. “As this momentum and public pressure continue to build, now is the time for elected officials to find their way to a political evolution. We are ready to welcome them to the cause of justice, fairness, and individual liberty.”

He added, “In 2018, NORML members and marijuana reform supporters will be attending town halls, knocking on doors, and making political contributions with every intention of defeating candidates who maintain their reefer madness hysteria as a justification to treat cannabis consumers as second-class citizens.”

The poll’s results also revealed overwhelming support for medical marijuana and sweeping opposition to federal intervention in states that have reformed their marijuana laws.

From Quinnipiac:

Ninety-three percent of voters support the medical use of marijuana, as authorized by a doctor. This widespread support is in line with the results of prior polls.

Voters oppose the enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana by a margin of 70 percent to 23 percent. Seventy-four percent of respondents say they support federal legislation to prohibit the federal government from intervening in states that have enacted marijuana regulatory laws.

Twenty-two percent of respondents acknowledged that they reside in a state where the recreational, adult use of marijuana is legal, and 61 percent of Americans reject the claim that cannabis is a supposed “gateway drug.”

Read the full results here.


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3 Comments on "63% of Americans Believe “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal”"

  1. And yet our Congress and Senate ignore public opinion and sit on their hands while bill after bill is introduced changing the nature in which we as the public are permitted access to something that has been growing on earth before humans.

  2. Bill Clinton | May 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm | Reply

    How many of that 61% are from Wyoming. Here Legislators and social pressures keep people from expressing their views. A cannabis legalization survey (no practical implication) took place in Wyoming. In Cody we were asked by survey collectors “do you want your names hidden”. We said “no”. Apparently quite a few signers were afraid of the social implications of supporting cannabis, even in compassionate medical care.
    When sending letters to the Governor (Governors office) supporting medical cannabis, I recieved a name to address my letters to, I was pleased that someone would actually pay attention, only to find out I had been referred to the former Prosecuting Attorney for the Wyoming State Police. Was it intimidation, bullying, or a bad joke? It’s not my job to figure it out. I still send letters. I am also convinced that Wyoming is so invested in it’s stance to keep cannabis illegal that it will use any means to control potential support for medical cannabis from the citizens of the State. That is unfortunate coming from a recognized frontier medicine State (ie. not enough providers) with the highest suicide rate in the nation.

  3. Bruce E Johnson | May 4, 2018 at 8:54 am | Reply

    I am a NYS Medical MJ Patient – Unfortunately I am also a VA Patient in Buffalo – I am committing a Federal crime !

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