New Study Reveals Most Americans Want Cannabis Legalized

The majority of Americans want cannabis legalized, recreationally and medically. So will these numbers hold up in the November elections?

Oct 17, 2016

During the November elections, five states will vote on the issue of legalizing recreational cannabis, while another four will vote on the issue of medical legalization. According to current polls, these states are all expected to pass legalization without any issues. What about states who won’t be given the chance to vote? Are they also in favor of allowing access recreationally to cannabis? A new study reveals, yes, most Americans want cannabis legalized across the board.

Changing views

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In years gone past, registered voters were firmly against legalizing any form of cannabis, especially recreational. These public views were thanks in large part to the fact that the federal government still lists cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, alongside harsh chemical compounds like LSD and heroin.

The cannabis legalization movement has helped to spread the true information about the lifesaving properties and safe, alternative uses of the plant, causing views to change.

A study conducted in late Augusts by the Pew Research Center showed legalization support is favored by 57% of Americans. While 37% still believe cannabis should remain illegal, these numbers are considerably lower than those of the past.

A decade ago, 60% of adults were against legalization, and most were not even willing to consider the idea. Just 32% were ahead of their time in favoring legalization of cannabis, a number that continued to grow and grow.

Thanks to this new study, we’re able to see the increasing trend of those in favor of legalization. These numbers help states decide whether or not voting on the issue is worth the time and effort.

Last year, many states, like Ohio, failed greatly at legalizing recreational cannabis. Many blamed the results on being an off-year election and low voter turnout. Despite the reasoning, cannabis remained illegal and will have to wait a lengthy amount of time before being considered again.

Upcoming votes

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With such an important presidential election just weeks away, the issue of legalization is also at the forefront of many voters’ minds.

Arizona, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts will all decide the fate of recreational cannabis in their respective state. Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Montana will decide whether or not medical cannabis should be permitted.

With so many states voting on these groundbreaking issues, it stands to be an exciting election.

Recent polls from the states show voters are expected to pass legalization in all of the states where cannabis will appear on the ballot. If this is true, it will lead to the largest one-time increase of legalization the cannabis industry has ever seen.

This election could very well decide the fate of cannabis being legalized on a federal level. Once these states pass laws regarding either medical or recreational cannabis, it’s likely the astounding increase will catch the attention of lawmakers and the DEA, those individuals who have the power to remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 drugs.

Across the country, democrats are largely in favor of legalization with a margin on 2:1. 60% say they want legalized cannabis, while just 30% says they don’t.

These numbers are a good sign for the upcoming vote, more than likely ensuring cannabis will be passed without any foreseeable issues.

Oct 17, 2016