Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high
Latest numbers from Quinnipiac University Poll also show little support for a federal crackdown in states that have legalized cannabis
August 9, 2017
An increasing number of Americans are in favor of national legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, and few support a federal crackdown in states that have legalized marijuana for either purpose.
A new Quinnipiac poll released August 3 reported that medical marijuana in particular has broad support: 94 percent of Americans support "allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it," up from 93 percent 5 months ago, and up 5 points in the last year.
Non-medicinal marijuana is growing in support as well, with 61 percent agreeing that "the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States," up from 59 percent in February 2017, and up 10 points since December 2012.
In his letters to governors of states that have legalized recreational marijuana last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited "our country's concerns with marijuana" as something said "federal and state governments should work together to address."