The winds of change are blowing cannabis pollen all over America.
Every few months, a new national poll is published that shows a significant increase in support for medical cannabis in the United States. As of June 7th, only nine states have no cannabis laws on the books, and one of those nine (Ohio) has a bill on the Governor’s desk for approval.
A recent national poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University between May 24th and May 30th, surveyed 1,561 registered voters from all fifty states regarding the legalization of cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes.
The results show overwhelming support for legal access for medical patients that have a doctor’s recommendation to use cannabis.
In total, 89% of respondents said they supported medical cannabis use for patients. The only groups that reported below 89% support were Republicans (81%) and Hispanic respondents (83%).
Respondents were also surveyed on whether or not they believed VA doctors should be allowed to recommend cannabis to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in states that supported medical cannabis.
Overall, 87% of individuals surveyed said they would support VA “prescriptions” for veterans with PTSD.
Interestingly, only 82% of military households agreed with the sentiment despite strong support from veterans groups across the country.
The Quinnipiac University Poll did not reveal the same dramatic majority of support, but 54% of respondents still said they favored legal cannabis at a federal level.
The two groups that showed a majority of opposition to legal cannabis in the US were Republicans (62% against) and individuals age sixty-five and older (57% against).
One piece of evidence that is fascinating is that 69% of respondents aged 18 through 34 support legal cannabis for adults.
As a side note, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.) turns 34 next year, adding evidence to the inadequate results associated with abstinence-only education programs.
The Quinnipiac University Poll stated a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points and was directed by Douglas Schwartz, PhD.