Majority of U.S Voters Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis
A Quinnipiac University National Poll shows that 89 percent of U.S voters believe it should be legal for adults to use medical marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor.
In a second poll, 87 percent of Americans voted in support of doctors prescribing medical marijuana pills to military veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Both polls showed a percentage increase among political parties, gender, age or racial group of 79% and 81% respectively.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said, “If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form. That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households.”
Breakdown of the Medical Cannabis Polling Numbers
According to a press release on the Quinnipiac University website, researchers surveyed 1,561 registered voters in the U.S through phone calls. The University polling is directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D. and it covers states such as Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Ohio, and Iowa.
This new poll – which was conducted between May 24 and May 30 – highlights how much Americans’ views about marijuana have changed since last year. As we predicted, this year has seen an increased push for marijuana legalization throughout the nation. Of great concern has been the suffering of military veterans who have sacrificed a lot for their country.
Vets with PTSD have complained about the lack of access to effective treatment. As such, the poll shows that 82 percent of military households voted for PTSD suffering vets to receive medical marijuana prescriptions.
In quotes from the press release, Malloy wrote, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is debilitating and life-threatening. The response from voters should take political considerations out of the debate and allow doctors to do what’s best for veterans.”
On the question of legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana, the nation is still divided with the Quinnipiac poll showing that 54 percent of people are in favor and 41 percent are opposed. In terms of gender, men had a 60-37 approval while women had a closer vote of 48-46.
All the political parties were in favor of legalizing medical marijuana with Republicans at 81 percent, Democrats at 94 percent and Independents at 93 percent. But when the question on fully legalizing marijuana use was posed, the numbers dropped to 36 percent, 65 percent and 61 percent, respectively.
Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority, was quoted by Inc.com saying, “This is just the latest in a string of recent polls clearly showing that most voters support legalizing marijuana. These results and similar ones before them are exactly why, for the first time ever, every remaining presidential candidate has voiced support for letting states legalize marijuana without federal interference.”
It is going to be a big year for marijuana once the outcome of the presidential elections is announced. The presidential candidates have seemed open to re-evaluating marijuana’s scheduling in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Perhaps with more polls showing that a majority of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, the next leader can push for reforms and get the drug to the patients who need it.