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Majority of Americans favor cannabis legalization, poll reveals

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

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Six out of 10 U.S. voters are in favor of legal weed, according to the results of a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll – which saw 60 percent of voters saying they support legalization and 33 recent oppose the idea – has demonstrated progressive support for legal cannabis since the year 2012.

Back then, 51 percent of voters supported legalization and 44 percent did not support legalization.

Among the individuals who participated in the Quinnipiac University poll, 63 percent of voters supported criminal records being wiped clean for individuals convicted of cannabis-related crimes. Those who opposed the idea made up 29 percent of all votes.

It seems that a much bigger chunk of the public support medical cannabis than they do recreational cannabis, with 93 percent voting in favor of legalization, so long as the weed is prescribed by a licensed doctor or healthcare practitioner. A mere five percent did not support medical cannabis legalization in the United States.

Millennials want legal weed, according to Quinnipiac University poll

Back in April of last year, just 63 percent of voters said they supported legal cannabis and 33 percent disapproved of the idea. All age groups, except those aged over 65, supported the idea. Individuals aged 35 and under were most supportive of legal weed at 85 percent to 12 percent.

Let’s take a closer look at the results of Quinnipiac University’s poll on cannabis legalization:

  • Voters 18 to 34 years old who support legalization: 85-12 percent
  • Voters 35 to 49 years old who support legalization: 63-30 percent
  • Voters 50 to 64 years old who support legalization: 59-35 percent
  • Voters aged 65 and above who support legalization: 44-49 percent
  • Voters who support medical cannabis if a doctor prescribes: 93-5 percent.

Majority of voters want criminal records for cannabis possession wiped clean

The percentage of American voters that support the idea of erasing people’s criminal records for cannabis possession came in at 63-29 percent. Republicans in favor of erasing criminal records for pot possession amounted to 45 percent, while 47 percent opposed.

Aside from the disapproving Republicans, all other parties, genders, age groups and racial groups backed the idea of repealing cannabis convictions.

“The baby boomers say no to the drug that helped define an era, while the millennials say bring it on,” said the poll’s assistant director, Tim Malloy. “In between are enough voters to rubber stamp legalizing [cannabis] for recreation as well as medical reasons.”

A total of 1,120 voters participated in the Quinnipiac University poll over a four-day period, starting on March 1, 2019. The results were gleaned with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage poin

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Majority of Americans favor cannabis legalization, poll reveals