National Poll: Majority of U.S. Voters favor legalizing Marijuana

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on June 07, 2016.

A majority of U.S. voters support the legalization of marijuana, and observe that VA doctors should be able to prescribe it in pill form to veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a nationwide Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday.

The poll says that around 89 percent of American voters support legal use of medical marijuana among adults if prescribed by a doctor. More than 60 percent of Democrats and independents favor legalization, while 62 percent of Republicans are opposed, the poll finds.

Fifty-four percent of the voters said marijuana should be made legal in America, while 41 percent who said it should not be, according to the poll. When it comes to men and women, they voted 60 percent and 48 percent respectively in favor of medical marijuana legalization.

Eighty-two percent of those living in households with at least one veteran or member on active duty support marijuana for PTSD. Support was 79 percent or more among every group, Quinnipiac reported.

Tom Angell, the chairman of pro-legalization group ‘Marijuana Majority’ observed that the latest poll shows that marijuana reform is a mainstream issue that is supported by most Americans.

 “This is a mainstream issue that politicians are finally starting to embrace instead of run away from, and that’s only going to intensify after voters more than double the number of states with legal marijuana at the ballot box this November,” Angel said.

Meanwhile, Marijuana use for recreational purposes has been legalized in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State and Oregon, while twenty-three states and the capital of US Washington D.C. allow marijuana for medical purposes.

Quinnipiac conducted the poll via landlines and cell phones from May 24-30, surveying 1,561 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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