Just Eight Percent of Americans Support Marijuana Prohibition

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In yet another indicator that Idaho is going the wrong way on marijuana policy, a new survey released by the Pew Research Center shows just eight percent (8%) of the American public support keeping marijuana absolutely illegal like Idaho does.

A remarkable ninety-one percent (91%) of Americans support legal use of marijuana for medical purposes. Polling from 2019 shows support for medical marijuana in Idaho at seventy-two percent (72%).

Idaho, along with Kansas and Nebraska, are the only remaining states that have no medicinal marijuana law or low-THC CBD oil law. However, Nebraska does not treat first-time marijuana possession as a crime, and both states have hemp licensing programs that Idaho lacks (as of press time).

Support for recreational marijuana legalization is at sixty percent (60%), somewhat lower than a recent Quinnipiac Poll’s support for legalization at sixty-nine percent (69%). The last time Pew asked the question about marijuana legalization in 2019, its support stood at sixty-seven percent (67%) and support for medical marijuana was the same at ninety-one percent (91%).

There is no longer any real opposition to medical marijuana in America—outside a few statehouses. The greatest support for not even allowing medical marijuana was among conservatives and that was only fifteen percent (15%).

The support does wane among all demographics when it comes to adult marijuana legalization. Liberals support legalization at eighty-two percent (82%), while conservative support is only thirty-nine percent (39%). Only thirty-two percent (32%) of people over age 75 supported legalization and just forty-three percent (43%) of Asians.

Every other demographic in the poll showed majority support for legalization.

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